Rishi Sunak Appointed British Prime Minister After Meeting King Charles

Rishi Sunak, right, meets King Charles at Buckingham Palace.Aaron Chown via PA Wire/PA ImagesRishi Sunak has been formally appointed prime minister, having met King Charles at Buckingham Palace.At 42, Sunak is the youngest U.K. prime minister in over 200 years. He is also both the country’s first Asian and first Hindu leader.He takes over following

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Rishi Sunak, right, meets King Charles at Buckingham Palace.
Rishi Sunak, right, meets King Charles at Buckingham Palace.

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Rishi Sunak has been formally appointed prime minister, having met King Charles at Buckingham Palace.

At 42, Sunak is the youngest U.K. prime minister in over 200 years. He is also both the country’s first Asian and first Hindu leader.

He takes over following months of chaos within the Conservative Party which saw the downfall of Boris Johnson and the short but chaotic tenure of Liz Truss.

His predecessor’s swiftly abandoned agenda of borrowing and tax cuts spooked the markets and tanked the party’s poll ratings.

Speaking in Downing Street shortly after assuming office, Sunak said he would “fix” the “mistakes” made by Truss.

And he warned the country was facing a “profound economic crisis.”

Rishi Sunak, right, meets King Charles at Buckingham Palace.
Rishi Sunak, right, meets King Charles at Buckingham Palace.

Aaron Chown via PA Wire/PA Images

Sunak’s first job will be to appoint a new cabinet, before facing opposition Labour leader Keir Starmer at prime minister’s questions at the House of Commons on Wednesday.

Long-time backers Dominic Raab, the former justice secretary, Commons Treasury Committee chairman Mel Stride and ex-chief whip Mark Harper have been tipped for jobs.

While not confirmed, Jeremy Hunt, who replaced Kwasi Kwarteng as Chancellor amid economic turbulence, is expected to remain at the top of the Treasury.

Hunt has been working toward a highly anticipated Halloween statement on the government’s medium-term fiscal plans, complete with independent forecast.

Opposition parties are all demanding Sunak hold a general election to secure his own mandate to govern.

Truss used her farewell speech to stress the need to be “bold” as she defended the tax-cutting agenda that sparked economic chaos and led to her downfall.

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