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Who Is Rishi Sunak? The Britain’s first Indian-origin Leader to Become Prime Minister

With the latest political crisis unfolding in the United Kingdom (UK) with Liz Truss’ resignation after 45 days at helm, Rishi Sunak, the former finance minister, is again to replace Truss as the next British premier. The 42-year-old will become the first Indian-origin prime minister of the UK.

Rishi Sunak became Prime Minister on 25 October 2022.

He was previously appointed Chancellor of the Exchequer from 13 February 2020 to 5 July 2022.

He was Chief Secretary to the Treasury from 24 July 2019 to 13 February 2020, and Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government from 9 January 2018 to 24 July 2019.

Rishi went to Winchester College and studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Oxford University. He was also a Fulbright Scholar at Stanford University (USA) where he studied for his MBA.

Rishi was elected Conservative MP for Richmond (Yorks) in May 2015 and served as a Parliamentary Private Secretary at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy from June 2017 until his ministerial appointment.

Rishi spent his professional career before politics in business and finance, working internationally. He co-founded an investment firm working with companies in multiple geographies. He then used that experience to help small and entrepreneurial British companies grow.

Ever since Sunak took charge as Chancellor, there has been a lot of conjecture within the UK media about him eyeing the post of prime minister.

Regardless, the UK will have a new premier in office from October and Sunak might become the first Indian-origin man to run the country and the party.



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