Sunak Emerges New UK PM, To Be Confirmed Tuesday

Rishi Sunak will be appointed Britain’s third prime minister this year on Tuesday after outgoing leader Liz Truss submits her resignation to King Charles III, Downing Street said.

Truss will hold a final cabinet meeting before delivering a statement outside Number 10 around 10:15 am (0915 GMT). Sunak will then be appointed by the king and make his own televised remarks around 11:35 am (1035 GMT).

Sunak also vowed Monday to bring “stability and unity” at a time of economic crisis, after he was named the beleaguered Conservatives’ new leader.

Sunak, 42, a Hindu, will be the UK’s first prime minister of colour following the implosion of Liz Truss’s premiership after just 44 days.

Truss will hold a final cabinet meeting on Tuesday morning before submitting her resignation to King Charles III, who will then appoint Sunak, Downing Street said.

The new leader will make his first remarks to the nation from outside Number 10 around 11:35 am (1035 GMT).

Penny Mordaunt, the last rival left in the party’s leadership race after Boris Johnson dramatically pulled out, failed to secure the necessary 100 nominations from her fellow MPs.

“Rishi Sunak is therefore elected as leader of the Conservative party,” senior backbencher Graham Brady said, as Mordaunt and Truss pledged their full support for Sunak.

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