Rishi Sunak becomes the next Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Amidst political and economic unrest in the island nation, Rishi Sunak will succeed David Cameron as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Following Liz Truss’ departure as prime minister, Rishi Sunak entered the race for the position, receiving support from a significant portion of conservative party MPs. Rishi Sunak will become the first person of color to hold the position of Prime Minister in a European country after being chosen as the leader of the Tory party.
Indian media outlets refer to Rishi Sunak, a British prime minister of Indian heritage, as “Desi.” Sunak will be the country’s first Hindu prime minister and the first British prime minister with South Asian ancestry, marking an important turning point for a nation with a long history of colonialism. “The United Kingdom is a great country, but there is no doubt that we face a significant economic crisis,” Sunak stated in his first public remark.
Rishi Sunak will now have to manage numerous difficulties both inside and outside the UK as the head of government. The island nation is currently seeing the highest level of inflation in 40 years. The foundations of the British economy have been hurt badly by economic instability and the inability of the exchequer to stop too much inflation.
Rishi Sunak served as the Treasury Secretary in the administration of former Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who was forced to leave the position due to his unethical behavior. The continuous economic crisis and the rise in the cost of necessities have proven impossible for millions of Britons to handle. The price of fuel and energy has skyrocketed, and rising borrowing costs have only added fuel to the flames.
Rishi Sunak will also have to deal with disagreements inside the party about how to handle the nation’s economic and political turmoil. Even though Rishi Sunak was elected as the party’s leader, many conservatives feel that he does not have the life experience necessary to comprehend and address the problems of regular people. A crisis has developed inside the Tory party as a result of Boris Johnson’s decision to seek again for the top position.
After 45 days in office, Liz Truss, who succeeded Boris Johnson as UK prime minister, announced her resignation due to her failure to fulfill the commitments she made to the Tory leadership during her election campaign. She had earlier pledged to implement several tax and economic measures in order to help the nation recover from its economic catastrophe. At the time, along with Liz Truss, Rishi Sunak had also run for the top position at the time. Even though most of the regular party members voted for Liz Truss, Rishi still got enough votes from conservative party lawmakers.
One may view Rishi Sunak’s most recent election as leader of the Tory party as justification. After Liz Truss’ departure, Rishi Sunak entered the contest to lead the party. Along with Rishi, other candidates for the top position were former prime minister Boris Johnson and another party leader, Penny Mordaunt. Recently, Boris Johnson announced his withdrawal from the contest. Penny Mordaunt is also said to have done the same because she was unable to secure the support of 100 Conservative lawmakers. To remain in the running for the party’s top position, a candidate must have the backing of at least 100 Tory MPs.