MT View: ‘Historic moment’ as Rishi Sunak becomes first prime minister of Asian heritage


It is a sign of democratic progress that Britain’s next prime minister is of Asian origin. It is a historic moment as Rishi Sunak becomes the first person of South Asian origin to move into 10 Downing Street.

Sunak, 42 years old British prime minister, is the son of Indian immigrants who came to the UK from pre-colonial Kenya and Tanzania. Sunak will be the country’s first prime minister of color. He is the richest man in parliament.

Former Treasury chief Rishi Sunak was set to become Britain’s next prime minister after the governing Conservative Party chose him as its leader on Monday. His only rival, Ms. Penny Mordaunt, conceded and withdrew on Monday. He was runner-up to Ms. Liz Truss in the contest to replace Mr. Boris Johnson as a Conservative. Mr. Johnson has abandoned a comeback attempt, leaving Mr. Sunak a chance to assume the office. arty leader and Prime Minister. Sunak takes over from Liz Truss, who quit last week after 45 tumultuous days in office. His only remaining rival, Penny Mordaunt, conceded and withdrew after failing to reach the nomination threshold of 100 Conservative lawmakers to remain in the race.

According to the report, Sunak’s parents settled in Southampton where his father worked as a doctor and his mother ran a pharmacy.

Rishi Sunak joined politics in 2015 and in just five years, he went from a simple MP to Finance Minister under prime-minister Boris Johnson.

It’s historic and who could have imagined in the early 20th Century when British rule was in India, that its own Prime Minister would one day be a man of Indian origin?

He has a mountain to climb. He must try to improve an economy, which is sliding toward recession and try to unite a demoralized and divided party.


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