LONDON — Former Finance Minister Rishi Sunak won the race to become Britain’s next prime minister on Monday. He is the first British Asian to assume the role and the third leader in seven weeks of turmoil in the country. by political and economic turmoil.
Snack, 42, is the latest leader of the ruling Conservative Party to enter the revolving door of 10 Downing Street after Liz Truss resigned after just 44 days in office. Plagued by her scandal, her predecessor Boris Johnson withdrew his bid for the comeback on Sunday.
Sunak’s victory was confirmed on Monday after his lone other challenger, Penny Mordaunt, failed to secure enough support from fellow lawmakers by the deadline.
“Therefore, Rishi Sunak has been elected leader of the Conservative Party,” Conservative MP Graham Brady, who oversees the party leadership election, told colleagues, banging on the table and cheering the announcement.
Sunak is invited to form a government by King Charles III. This is the first ceremonial duty performed by the new monarch of this country.
billionaire ex-banker, Mr. Sunak was not elected by Britain’s 67 million people, but the Conservative Party’s president, who has recorded historic low polls after 10 years of austerity and 18 months of controversy and division. appointed by a member of parliament.
This is the party’s second leadership election in two months. At first, Sunak was clear until the recent surge in the truss made her elected by some 200,000 paying members of a party that was mostly white, wealthy and male and tended to lean to the right of the British political center. It was my favourite.
This time, these members had no say. Because Sunak was the only candidate he got the necessary support of 100 lawmakers to reach a potential runoff vote.
Johnson argued that he may have reached this standard and may have received more votes among the members. But Johnson is unpopular in Congress because doing so would strain a bitterly divided party to breaking point. Earlier, I announced that I couldn’t gather enough support. “Rishi has my full support,” she said in her statement.
The son of an African-born Indian Hindu, Sunak would become the country’s second minority leader after Benjamin Disraeli, who was prime minister in the 1800s. Sunak won a leadership contest for Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights.
Born in the southern port city of Southampton, Sunak became a Member of Parliament for Richmond, Yorkshire North Region in 2015. His rapid rise helped him build his own personal brand through his media manipulation and general measures to mitigate social sophistication. Economic pressure during the pandemic.
“Britain is a great country, but we are facing a serious economic crisis,” said Sunak. said on Twitter Sunday, his only public comment during the latest leadership contest. “I want to rebuild the economy, unite the party, and contribute to the country.”
With him at the helm, it’s going to be a daunting endeavor. During the domestic economic crisis, and after Britain’s exit from the European Union, desperately trying to find its place in the world.