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Former UK Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak is running to succeed Johnson

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Rishi Sunak, until Tuesday UK Chancellor of the Exchequer, has been nominated this Friday as a candidate to succeed Boris Johnson as leader of the Conservative Party and prime minister.

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Sunak has launched its “Ready4Rishi” (“Ready for Rishi”) campaign on Twitter, which includes a promotional video and a slogan highlighting the need to “restore confidence, rebuild the economy and reunify the country”.

Johnson announced his resignation as leader of his formation on Thursday, but remains acting prime minister until the “Tories” choose his replacement, although many of his co-religionists ask that he leave before.

In addition to Sunak, former Solicitor General Suella Braverman and Tom Tugendhat, a former soldier now chairman of the House of Commons Foreign Affairs committee, have run so far.

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The candidacy of Sunak, 42, is the most prominent so far, as for months he was considered the favorite to eventually succeed Johnson, although in recent times his reputation has been on the decline.

His resignation as head of the Economy last Tuesday precipitated the fall of the prime minister, whom he accused of a lack of “competence, seriousness and integrity.”

Sunak resigned minutes after his colleague from Health, Sajid Javid, whom he had replaced on February 13, 2020 at the Treasury.

It is possible that Javid, who has already resigned from that portfolio for the first time, will also present himself in the primary elections that the Conservative Party must hold to find a replacement for Johnson.

The so-called 1922 Committee, which brings together the “tory” parliamentary group, elects its new executive on Monday, which will launch the electoral process to decide who will be the new leader.

Raised in the city of Southampton (South English), Rishi Sunak, of Hindu religion, is the son of Yashvir, who was a doctor, and Usha Sunak, a pharmacist, and the grandson of immigrants from the Indian region of Punjab, who came to the United Kingdom in the 1960s from East Africa.

After a career in the financial sector, he became a deputy in 2015, after which he held the post of head of the Treasury since July 2019.

In addition to his experience in government, Sunak, a great fan of Star Wars, has the advantage, in order to be elected by the Conservatives, that he was a supporter of Brexit or British exit from the European Union (EU) in the 2016 referendum.

His questionable tax policy, which was fined for parties in Downing Street during the pandemic and a controversy over the tax arrangements of his wife, Akshata Murty, daughter of an Indian tycoon, play against him.

Source: Gestion

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