Rishi Sunak, who is of Indian origin, will take over as British Prime Minister

LONDON: Rishi Sunak, former chancellor of the exchequer of the United Kingdom (UK), on Monday won the ruling Conservative Party's leader...


LONDON: Rishi Sunak, former chancellor of the exchequer of the United Kingdom (UK), on Monday won the ruling Conservative Party's leadership contest. He will replace Liz Truss as the country's new prime minister.

Sunak was the only contender who secured the required backing of 100 lawmakers by the deadline of 2 p.m. local time, thus becoming the winner automatically. Another contender, Penny Mordaunt, leader of the House of Commons, failed to garner enough votes.

Former Prime Minister Boris Johnson withdrew from the contest on Sunday night, despite claiming that he had secured the backing of 102 Tory lawmakers. Johnson said it was "simply not the right time" for him to stand for the leadership race as "you can't govern effectively unless you have a united party in Parliament."


The leadership race was triggered when Truss announced her resignation on Thursday after a little over six weeks in office. Her economic blueprint, the "mini-budget," was blamed for causing economic chaos and tanking the Conservative Party's poll rating. 

UK Ex-Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak won the race for the office of the Conservative Party leader and became a new Prime Minister, head of the Committee 1922 (which defines the party leader election procedure) Graham Brady announced Monday.

"We have received one valid nomination. Rishi Sunak is elected leader of the Conservative Party," Brady said, adding that Sunak will address the party at 14:30 [local time].

Sunak automatically became the new party leader after House leader Penny Mordaunt announced her withdrawal from the race on Twitter Monday.


"We have now chosen our next Prime Minister. This decision is an historic one and shows, once again, the diversity and talent of our party. Rishi has my full support," Mordaunt tweeted.

Therefore, Rishi Sunak, 42, became the winner of a short election campaign. Considering that the Conservative Party is currently in power, Sunak will head the government in the upcoming days - possibly, on Tuesday - becoming the first ethnic Indian to become a British Prime Minister in the UK history.

Rishi Sunak, 42, who is of Indian origin, will take over as British Prime Minister tomorrow. Rishi's wife is Akshata Murthy, daughter of Infosys co-founder Narayana Murthy. Their children are Krishna Sunak and Anoushka Sunak.

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