UK appoints third Prime Minister in as many months, Rishi Sunak
We thought that reporting on Boris Johnson's exit in July, and Liz Truss' subsequent victory last month, would be the extent of our coverage of British politics for awhile. We were wrong.
The United Kingdom appointed its third Prime Minister in as many months Tuesday morning, Rishi Sunak, a former Chancellor of the Exchequer (Britain's equivalent of the U.S. Treasury Secretary) and the same candidate who lost to Truss in a vote following Johnson's stepdown in August.
Perhaps most noteworthy is Sunak's background: of Indian descent, he is the first person of color to be elected to the position of Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. At age 42, he is also its youngest in two centuries. Then there's the fact that he and his wife, whose professional and political experience is heavily steeped in economics, are worth an estimated $800 million.
That wealthy bullet point could be a snag, according to early projections from British political strategists, who worry Sunak might not foster convincing understanding with the country's working class.