British Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak on Tuesday confirmed the re-appointment of British lawmaker, Kemi Badenoch as trade minister and also given the role of equalities minister.
Recall that Badenoch was one of the biggest supporters of Sunak in the most recent race to replace an outgoing leader, Liz Truss. She was also a contender earlier this year in a Conservative Party leadership contest to replace then-Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
Africa Daily News, New York recalls that Sunak had just on Sunday announced that he will run to be UK’s next prime minister, making it the second bid to lead the country in months.
‘The United Kingdom is a great country but we face a profound economic crisis. That’s why I am standing to be leader of the Conservative Party and your next prime minister,’ he said on Twitter.
Former British PM, Boris Johnson yesterday dramatically pulled out from what will have been an audacious bid to return to power within weeks of having been ousted, declaring that he would not run to replace outgoing leader Liz Truss.
The surprise decision, which the ex-leader said he had reached reluctantly after recognising he would not lead ‘a united party in parliament’, removes a major obstacle to his political foe, former finance minister Rishi Sunak, becoming prime minister.
Addressing the nation in Downing Street Tuesday shortly after his appointment by King Charles III, Sunak said the country faced a “profound economic crisis”.
“I will unite our country — not with words, but with action,” Sunak said, capping the latest extraordinary twist in UK politics following Boris Johnson’s demise in July.
Departing shortly before, Truss wished him “every success” — and said she remained “more convinced than ever” that Britain needed to be “bold” in confronting the challenges it faced.
Sunak had also countered that though she was motivated by a well-intentioned desire to kick-start growth, her tax-cutting measures were “mistakes nonetheless”.