New Delhi, Oct 25: Rishi Sunak is appointed as the UK Prime Minister on Tuesday. He is the fifth Conservative party leader elected to the top post in the past 6 years.
Rishi Sunak is the first person of Indian origin to become the British Prime Minister. And the road to the UK top post has been far from smooth for Sunak.
Last month, Rishi Sunak lost the Conservative Party leadership contest to Liz Truss, who went on to formally take charge as the UK prime minister.
However, Truss could not get a quick handle on the crisis plaguing the nation and was forced to resign after being in power for just 45 days. And this time, the Conservative Party backed Indian-origin MP Rishi Sunak for the top post.
Following the resignation of Liz Truss as UK PM, the Conservative party rushed for a fast-track election, which saw a race between Rishi Sunak and Penny Mordaunt for the top post. This was seen an attempt by the Conservative party to not delay the elections considering the volatile situation of the markets.
He was elected unopposed as the new leader of the Conservative Party as his rival Penny Mordaunt withdrew from the race. Sunak was comfortably leading the UK PM race, having secured the backing of over half the 357 Tory MPs.
Sunak met King Charles at Buckingham Palace before taking the oath as the UK PM. He is the first Hindu prime minister of the UK.