Sunak appointed crisis-hit UK’s first PM of color

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LONDON — Rishi Sunak on Tuesday became Britain’s third prime minister this year and the first person of color to lead the former imperial power, vowing to overcome economic crisis provoked by the “mistakes” of Liz Truss calamitous 49-day tenure.اضافة اعلان

Sunak addressed the nation outside 10 Downing Street shortly after his appointment by King Charles III, capping the latest extraordinary twist in UK politics following Boris Johnson’s demise in July.

“Right now our country is facing a profound economic crisis,” said the former finance minister, a practicing Hindu who at 42 is Britain’s youngest leader since 1812.

“I will unite our country — not with words, but with action,” Sunak said, also pledging unstinting support for Ukraine even while warning of “difficult” budget choices ahead.

Departing shortly before, Sunak’s predecessor Truss wished him “every success” — and said she remained “more convinced than ever” that Britain needed to be “bold” in confronting the challenges it faced.

Sunak countered that the disastrous budget that felled Truss was motivated by a well-intentioned desire to kick-start growth, but its tax-cutting measures were “mistakes nonetheless”.

“And I have been elected as leader of my party and your prime minister in part to fix them,” he said.

“And that work begins immediately. I will place economic stability and confidence at the heart of this government’s agenda,” he added, helping to drive the pound more than one percent higher against the dollar Tuesday.

Sunak became the ruling Conservatives’ new leader on Monday after rival contender Penny Mordaunt, failed to secure enough nominations from Tory MPs.

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