Prime Minister Rishi Sunak

October 25, 2022
London street with Big Bend

I will place economic stability and confidence at the heart of this government’s agenda. This will mean difficult decisions to come.

New Prime Minister Rishi Sunak in his first first address to the nation. He is the youngest prime minister in modern British history.

Why It Matters: Former British prime minister Liz Truss resigned less than a week ago. The conservative party has since elected Rishi Sunak, who formerly served as Britain's finance minister. He is the first person of color and the first Hindu person to hold the Prime Minister position. He is also one of Britain's wealthiest politicians. In his first address as Prime Minister, Sunak said: "… I understand, too, that I have work to do to restore trust after all that has happened. All I can say is that I am not daunted."

Something to Consider: Britain holds a general election for prime minister every five years. Former prime minister Boris Johnson was elected in 2019 and resigned in July of 2022. Following his resignation, the majority (conservative) party elected Truss, and then Sunak after Truss' resignation. The next general election "is not due until at least 2024."

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak's first speech to the nation as their new leader (BBC Twitter)

Sunak takes over as UK prime minister amid economic crisis (The Associated Press)

by Jenna Lee,