Rishi Sunak has won the Tory leadership election to become the United Kingdom’s next prime minister, becoming the country’s first person of Indian origin.
He succeeds Liz Truss, the UK’s shortest-serving Prime Minister, who resigned last week after only 44 days in office. She was brought down by her economic programme, which roiled financial markets, raised voters’ living costs, and enraged a large portion of her own party.
Sunak, 42, will become Britain’s third prime minister in less than two months.
Boris Johnson, who was ousted as prime minister by his lawmakers in July, was planning an extraordinary political comeback before withdrawing from the race.
Sunak, one of Westminster’s wealthiest politicians, will become prime minister if King Charles invites him to form a government.
Sunak, a former Goldman Sachs analyst, will be the UK’s first prime minister of Indian origin.
Sunak’s family immigrated to Britain in the 1960s, when Britain ruled India for nearly 200 years before the South Asian country gained independence in 1947 after a long struggle led by Mahatma Gandhi.
Sunak is the son-in-law of NR Narayana Murthy, the founder of the Indian outsourcing giant Infosys Ltd.
Sunak was hurt by revelations that his wife, Akshata Murthy, an Indian citizen, had not been paying British tax on her foreign income due to her “non-domiciled” status, which is available to foreign nationals who do not consider Britain to be their permanent home.
Murthy, who owns 0.9% of Infosys, later stated that she would begin paying British tax on her global income.
She and Sunak ranked 222 on The Sunday Times UK Rich List, with a reported net worth of 730 million pounds, according to the Sunday Times.
Sunak’s colleague Braverman, the current Attorney General of the United Kingdom and a contender to succeed Johnson, was born into a Christian family of Indian origin. Her parents immigrated to the United Kingdom from Kenya and Mauritius in the 1960s.
She has previously spoken about her parents, claiming that they arrived in the UK with nothing.
Braverman announced on Facebook in 2017 that her mother had been awarded the British Empire Medal for 45 years of service as a nurse in the National Health Service and for voluntary work abroad.
Sunak is tasked with guiding the country through an economic crisis and mounting voter rage.
A nationwide election does not need to be called for another two years, but opposition parties argue that voters should be given a say now.
In some polls, the opposition Labour Party leads the government by more than 30 points.