Seven weeks after losing out to Liz Truss, Rishi Sunak has become the UK’s first Hindu Prime Minister.
This comes shortly after Penny Mordaunt dropped out of the Tory leadership race, and chose to back Sunak. “We all owe it to the country, to each other and to Rishi to unite and work together for the good of the nation. There is much work to be done,” she wrote in a statement published to social media.
Last week, Truss became Britain’s shortest-serving Prime Minister, after she left government after just 45 days in charge. Her time in power was marked by economic turmoil and led to infighting within an increasingly divided Conservative party.
Sunak’s accession to Prime Minister marks the UK’s third Prime Minister in three months, and the fourth unelected Tory Prime Minister the UK has had within the past three years — despite much clamouring for a general election.