Assigned by King Charles III to form a government, Rishi Sunak officially became British Prime Minister on Tuesday, the third in two months, in a country plunged into a serious economic and social crisis.
Former banker and Minister of Finance, Rishi Sunak becomes the first British leader of Indian origin, of Hindu faith and the first to come from a former British colony. At 42, he is also the youngest head of government in contemporary UK history, after a meteoric rise in politics.
Push initially after the storm caused by his massive cuts plan tax, Liz Truss, had preceded him to Buckingham Palace to present his resignation to the king, after a term of record shortness: 49 days.
She wished “all the successes” of the world to her successor, “for the good of our country” and in a plea for audacity in power quoted the Roman philosopher Seneca: “it is not because things are difficult that we don't dare, it's because we don't dare that they are difficult”.
Taking stock of her lightning mandate, marked by the death and funeral of Queen Elizabeth II and the accession to the throne of Charles III, she underlined the support provided to households in the face of rising energy bills. /p>
She then drove to hand in her resignation to King Charles III at Buckingham Palace.
The 73-year-old sovereign has been given the task of forming a new government to Rishi Sunak, who unless surprised, should in particular retain Jeremy Hunt as Minister of Finance.
This is the first time that Charles III has appointed a head of government. Liz Truss, had been received by Elizabeth II on September 6 during an audience at the Scottish castle of Balmoral. The 96-year-old sovereign died two days later.
After his victory on Monday, the only confirmed candidate within his formation, Rishi Sunak promised “stability and unity”. “Bringing the party and the country together will be my top priority,” he said in a brief address.
Rishi Sunak takes the reins of a country facing a serious economic and social crisis. Inflation exceeds 10%, the highest in the G7. Energy prices are soaring, as are food prices. The risk of recession hovers.
He will also have to calm the markets, shaken by the budget announcements of the Truss government at the end of September, since canceled for the most part in disaster.
Rishi Sunak comes to power in a period of unprecedented instability. He is the fifth British Prime Minister since 2016, when the country chose in a referendum to leave the European Union, and the third in two months.
He takes the head of an extremely divided conservative party, after twelve years in power. As the Labor opposition prances ahead in the polls two years from the general election, Rishi Sunak has warned his side's MPs that they must 'unite or die'.
Rishi Sunak has excluded from the early elections, demanded by Labour. But according to an Ipsos poll published on Monday, 62% of voters want such an election before the end of 2022.
According to a YouGov poll, only 38% of Britons are happy that Rishi Sunak will become their prime minister.
This early Brexiter, who is seen as a pragmatic worker, will have to form a government quickly, for the future times give pledges to the markets and satisfy the clans of his majority, at the risk of suffering the same fate as Liz Truss. He will also have to explain his intentions: he did not speak during the Tories' blitz campaign which started on Thursday.
He won without a program or a vote from the members, after the renunciation of ex-Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the failure of his opponent Penny Mordaunt to qualify.
During the previous campaign, last summer, when he was beaten by Liz Truss , this former Chancellor of the Exchequer (2020-2022) had insisted on the need to fight against inflation, describing his opponent's promises of tax cuts as a “fairy tale”.
On immigration, he said he supported the ultra-controversial project, and for the time being blocked, consisting in sending migrants who arrived illegally ment in the UK in Rwanda.
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