25 Oct 2022

Rishi Sunak appointed UK's prime minister by King Charles

London: Rishi Sunak has formally taken charge as Britain's first Indian-origin prime minister after meeting King Charles III on Tuesday, a day after he was elected the new leader of the Conservative Party in a historic leadership run.

Outgoing Prime Minister Liz Truss chaired her final cabinet meeting at 10 Downing Street on Tuesday morning before making her way to Buckingham Palace to formally tender her resignation to the 73-year-old monarch.

The 42-year-old former chancellor of exchequer is the youngest British prime minister in 210 years. He is also Britain's first Hindu prime minister.

Sunak, the second prime minister in as many months and the third this year, will make his first prime ministerial address on the steps of 10 Downing Street, expected to be joined by his wife Akshata Murty and daughters Krishna and Anoushka. He is then expected to start finalising his cabinet, with the key roles of chancellor, foreign secretary and home secretary expected to be announced soon.

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