Third British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak to be sworn in on Tuesday



Rishi Sunak will be named Britain’s third prime minister this year on Tuesday, replacing the humiliated Liz Truss in just seven weeks and inheriting a host of frightening problems.

Sunak became the new leader of the ruling Conservatives on Monday after rival Penny Mordaunt failed to secure enough nominations from Conservative MPs and Boris Johnson abruptly canceled a comeback bid.

The 42-year-old Indian will become Britain’s first non-white prime minister and the youngest in more than two centuries.

Sunak will take over in a morning audience with King Charles III, who is appointing his first prime minister since ascending the throne, just two days after Truss was appointed by his late mother Queen Elizabeth II.

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The September 6 ceremony was the last major public act of her record reign.

Truss will hold a final cabinet meeting before making his resignation announcement at Downing Street around 10:15 (09:15 GMT) and Sunak is expected to speak in just over an hour.

She is leaving office as the shortest prime minister in history after catastrophic budget cuts sparked economic and political upheaval.

The 47-year-old announced her resignation last Thursday, admitting she could not fulfill her “mandate” from the Conservatives, who chose her over Sunak over the summer.

Now he has taken a stunning turn in his political career and promises to do the same for the UK as it faces years of inflation, rising borrowing costs and an imminent recession.

Addressing the public on Monday, Sunak promised “stability and unity” and the unification of “our party and our country.”

“Choice”

After delivering the new leader’s now-all-too-familiar speech from steps number 10 at around 11:35 am, Britain’s fifth prime minister in six years will begin appointing his top team before facing his first ‘prime minister’s questions’ meeting in Parliament on Wednesday .

Treasury Secretary Jeremy Hunt, appointed by Truss only 11 days ago in a completely futile attempt to save her premiership, may remain in office after markets stabilize.

On Sunday, he endorsed Sunak, writing in the Telegraph that he was a leader “ready to make the choices necessary for our long-term prosperity.”

With almost all of the various tax cuts cancelled, Truss Hunt warned that “difficult decisions” loomed over government spending.

Whoever leads the Treasury should unveil the government’s long-awaited mid-term fiscal plans on Halloween October 31, along with independent estimates.

Sunak must also decide whether to appoint senior MPs who did not support him, such as Mordaunt, to his cabinet in an attempt to unite his fractured party.

One so-called big beast unlikely to get a seat at the table is his former boss Johnson, who was ousted in July in part because of Sunak’s resignation.

The couple met late on Saturday when Johnson reportedly encouraged him to form a power-sharing partnership.

The ex-leader won public support for only a few dozen Conservative MPs, compared to Sunak’s more than a hundred, and the proposal was rejected.

A day later, Johnson bowed to political reality and announced that he would not move forward with his audacious comeback.

“You can’t govern effectively if you don’t have a single party in parliament,” he admitted.

“No Mandate”

Sunak, a wealthy descendant of immigrants from India and East Africa, is also facing calls for a general election after becoming the latest UK leader without a direct mandate from the electorate.

On Monday, pollster Ipsos said 62 percent of voters want to get a vote by the end of the year.

“He has no mandate, no answers, no ideas,” Deputy Labor Leader Angela Rayner tweeted.

Scottish leader Nicola Sturgeon, whose Nationalist government wants to hold an independence referendum next year, echoed the comments while acknowledging the importance of Britain getting its first leader of color.

The next election must take place no later than January 2025, and there is no way for opposition parties to force it unless dozens of Conservative MPs agree.

That seems unlikely as a spate of polls show Labor leading by the widest margin in decades.

Monday’s YouGov simulations showed Sunak has an uphill battle to restore trust in both Tory and himself.

Responses from 12,000 over the weekend showed that Labor leader Keir Starmer was considered “the best prime minister” in 389 constituencies compared to Sunak’s 127 constituencies.