Rishi Sunak has been appointed Prime Minister of the UK and First Lord of the Treasury.
Sunak, the country’s first British-Asian premier, met with King Charles III at Buckingham Palace earlier today.
The King received The Rt Hon Rishi Sunak MP at Buckingham Palace today.
His Majesty asked him to form a new Administration. Mr. Sunak accepted His Majesty’s offer and was appointed Prime Minister and First Lord of the Treasury. pic.twitter.com/UnT3jMS8so
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) October 25, 2022
Sunak was announced leader of the Conservative Party on October 24, after rival Penny Mordaunt failed to secure enough support.
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An erstwhile hedge fund manager, Sunak has taken the reins from Liz Truss, who resigned from the country’s top job last week. Truss served in her role as the country’s Prime Minister for 45 days, making her Britain’s short-serving premier.
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However, she extended her support to Sunak post his appointment as Conservative Party head.
Congratulations @RishiSunak on being appointed as Leader of the Conservative Party and our next Prime Minister.
You have my full support.
— Liz Truss (@trussliz) October 24, 2022
Meanwhile, congratulatory messages as well as those of support have poured in from across the world.
Ukraine President, Volodymyr Zelensky, congratulated Rishi Sunak on taking office.
Congratulations to @RishiSunak on taking office as 🇬🇧 Prime Minister! I wish you to successfully overcome all the challenges facing British society and the whole world today. I’m ready to continue strengthening the 🇺🇦-🇬🇧 strategic partnership together!
— Володимир Зеленський (@ZelenskyyUa) October 25, 2022
Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, also welcomed the new premier.
Warmest congratulations @RishiSunak! As you become UK PM, I look forward to working closely together on global issues, and implementing Roadmap 2030. Special Diwali wishes to the ‘living bridge’ of UK Indians, as we transform our historic ties into a modern partnership.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 24, 2022
Irish PM Micheál Martin said that he ‘looked forward to working’ with Sunak.
Congratulations @RishiSunak on becoming leader of the Conservative Party.
I look forward to working with you, as British PM, on the important issues we face on these islands, and globally.
— Micheál Martin (@MichealMartinTD) October 24, 2022