Britain’s newly elected Prime Minister Rishi Sunak was on Monday elected the new leader of Britain’s ruling Conservative Party. He is the first Indian to become the Prime Minister of Britain. After taking oath, he also addressed the country for the first time as PM.
The positive impact of Sunak’s taking over as PM was seen on the British currency and market. The British pound strengthened against the dollar. The currency rose 1.18 per cent to 1.1456 versus the greenback on Tuesday. The pound index also rose 0.17 percent.
Indian-origin Suella Braverman has returned to the Sunak cabinet. She has been made the Home Secretary of the UK, that is, the Home Minister. She resigned from Liz Truss’s cabinet last week.
After Indian-origin Rishi Sunak was elected as the Prime Minister of Britain, some opposition leaders in India have raised the issue of majoritarianism and divisive politics. On this, the BJP expressed strong objection on Tuesday. The party reminded the opposition of the tenure of APJ Abdul Kalam as President and Manmohan Singh as Prime Minister.
Dominic Raab has been appointed as the Deputy Prime Minister and Secretary of Justice of the United Kingdom. Ben Wallace has been reappointed as the Defense Secretary of the United Kingdom.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky tweeted his congratulations to Sunak. He said that I wish you all the challenges facing British society and the whole world successfully. I stand ready to unite and keep the Ukraine-UK Strategic Partnership strong.