Conservative Rishi Sunak is now officially the UK’s new prime minister, replacing Liz Truss, who at 49 days in charge is the shortest-serving head of government in British history after resigning under pressure from her own party amid unrest. caused by his controversial tax program. Sunak is the third premiere in less than two months.
“Right now, our country is facing a deep economic crisis,” he said at the start of his first speech as head of government at the gates of his Downing Street residence this Tuesday. “The effects of Covid are still ongoing. Putin’s war in Ukraine has destabilized energy markets and supply chains around the world.”
Sunak claimed he was elected leader of the Conservative Party, and therefore prime minister, to “correct” the “mistakes” made by his predecessor. “He was not wrong to want to improve the growth of this country. A noble goal. And I admire his concern for making a difference. But few mistakes were made that were not due to ill will or bad intentions. On the contrary, in fact. But mistakes after all. And I was elected leader of my party and its prime minister partly to correct them.”
“This work starts immediately. I will put economic stability and trust on the agenda of this government”, said the former Minister of Economy, after which he warned that difficult decisions are ahead.
Sunak vowed to unite the country “not with words, but with actions.” “I will work day by day to comply,” Akhal said premiere, who promised “integrity, professionalism and responsibility at all levels” of the government. He promised a “strong” NHS, adding: “Better schools, safer streets, controlling our borders, protecting our environment, supporting our armed forces, Go to the next level (policy to reduce regional imbalances) and building an economy that embraces Brexit opportunities where companies invest, innovate and create jobs.”
“Together we can achieve incredible things,” he concluded. After posing for photographers, the Conservative leader entered the official residence alone. The new Prime Minister arrived at Number 10 from Buckingham Palace, where he received an official commission from Charles III to form a new government. It is the first time a monarch, who ascended to the throne after the death of his mother, Elizabeth II, on September 8, has asked a British leader to form a new executive.
Sunak takes the reins of government amid a severe economic crisis, with rising inflation and interest rates and the risk of recession. At 42, he is the youngest Prime Minister in modern UK history and the first non-white person, as well as a Hindu, to reach 10 Downing Street.
The former economy minister took over the leadership of the Conservative Party on Monday after winning a brief internal process to elect a new leader. Tori After the forced resignation of Truss. He was the clear favorite to automatically become the new chief executive – the new party leader also becomes prime minister, as the Conservatives have the most seats in parliament. According to British media reports, Labour, which has polls up to 30 points ahead of its voting intentions in the event of a general election, is calling for an early election, something Mr Sunack ruled out in front of his party colleagues on Monday.
Truss resigned last Thursday under pressure from his own party after less than six weeks in office and plunged into a deep political crisis. His position became untenable after losing confidence in the ranks of the government Tories –Fearing the loss of a divided and general election – Controversy over his fiscal program – with tax cuts – has caused turbulence in financial markets.
In a brief statement outside the official residence before heading to Buckingham Palace to formally tender his resignation to the king, Truss said on Tuesday it was a “huge honour” to be prime minister and highlighted the support he had provided. Help families in energy crisis. “In a short period of time, this government acted urgently and decisively in favor of companies and working families. In his speech, the former prime minister called for taking advantage of the “freedoms” of Brexit and again called for a bet on the economy with low taxes, as well as continuing to support Ukraine in the face of a Russian invasion.
“Since my mandate as Prime Minister, I am more convinced than ever that we must be bold and face the challenges we face,” he said. “Our country continues to struggle in the midst of a storm. But I believe in Great Britain. I believe in the British people. And I know that there are brighter days ahead,” he said, echoing his speech at Downing Street on September 6 when he said he was “confident” the country could “weather the storm”.
Chancellor and Brexiteer
In September, Sunak was defeated by Truss, who won on the back of a conservative grassroots vote following Boris Johnson’s departure as party leader. The former chancellor, however, was the first choice of Conservative MPs in the first stage of the process.
Until July 5, he was one of the heavyweights in Boris Johnson’s government, and his resignation as portfolio leader precipitated a succession of internal resignations that led to the former prime minister’s downfall. His name has repeatedly floated in the pools of favorites to take over the position.
Sunaki became Chancellor in February 2020. Before that, Johnson’s ally at the time led the treasury chief from July 2019. He made his debut as an MP in the House of Commons in 2015 after a career in the financial sector – he held several positions. firms, including investment bank Goldman Sachs. He voted to leave the EU in the 2016 referendum and His name appears in the crowd The richest in Great Britain.
Controversy around on your family’s financial arrangements He partially shook off his popularity in press conferences to explain the COVID-19 relief plans he quickly approved to keep families and companies afloat and won public acclaim. The former minister was also affected by the scandal of the Downing Street party party, for which he was fined. Although he always maintained that he was just passing through, Sunaki was forced to apologize.
Sunak grew up in Southampton, in the south of England, and is the grandson of immigrants from the Punjab region of India who came to the UK from East Africa in the 1960s. He studied at an elite private school in Winchester and graduated from the English University of Oxford in philosophy, politics and economics.
Source: El Diario