Rishi Sunak bid for prime minister of UK: Rishi Sunak, the son-in-law of Infosys founder N R Narayana Murthy, formally entered the race to succeed Liz Truss as leader of the Conservative party and the next prime minister of the United Kingdom on the day of Diwali. About 131 to 153 MPs have reportedly supported Sunak so far, compared to Penny Mordaunt and Boris Johnson, who served as Truss’ predecessors, who received 56 to 76 and 22 to 28 MPs, respectively.
Rishi Sunak bid for prime minister of UK: Key Points
- Only candidates who have received nominations from 100 or more MPs will advance to the first round.
- Rishi Sunak will automatically become the prime minister of the UK on Diwali if he is the only person to cross the finish line.
- Ben Wallace, the defence minister, offered that the three candidates establish a tripartite government to prevent political squabbling at a time when risks to UK national security were so high.
- After meeting Johnson on Saturday night, Sunak’s associates noted that he already had the necessary numbers and did not need to secure an agreement with Johnson.
- Johnson reportedly spent Sunday making phone calls to Conservative MPs to ask them to support him and maybe switch from Sunak.
- Suella Braverman, a former home secretary of Goan descent, however, publicly endorsed Sunak, dealing Johnson a severe blow.
- UK’s Former prime minister Boris Johnson announced his withdrawal from the race to become the next leader of Britain on Sunday.
- Boris Johnson claimed he had garnered enough support from parliamentarians to advance to the next round despite trailing front-runner former finance minister Rishi Sunak by a significant margin.
The United Kingdom: Important Takeaways
- Capital of the United Kingdom, UK: London
- Emperor of the United Kingdom, UK: King Charles III
- Currency of the United Kingdom, UK: Pound sterling