History is in the making, for the first time a nonwhite will become the prime minister of Britain.
Sunak was born on 12 May 1980 in Southampton, Britain to African-born Hindu parents of Punjabi Indian descent, Yashvir and Usha Sunak.
Rishi Sunak’s parents were born in Africa: his father in Kenya and his mother in Tanzania. Even his grandparents spent time in Africa before migrating to the UK in the 1960.
“Rishi Sunak, a former member of Boris Johnson’s Cabinet, is set to become the U.K.’s next prime minister after rival Penny Mordaunt dropped out of the race just minutes before the deadline.
Just six weeks ago, Sunak had lost out against Liz Truss in the running for prime minister. But after several economic disasters that caused the pound to collapse and an intervention from the Central Bank, Truss resigned. Truss had taken over from Johnson, who resigned amid ethics scandals. All are members of the Conservative Party.
Sunak, 42, is set to be Britain’s first nonwhite prime minister; his parents of Indian descent were both born in East Africa. He served as Johnson’s ex-chancellor of the Exchequer, or treasury chief.
His was a short campaign for the job. He declared on Sunday that he would be entering the contest, stating that he wanted to “fix our economy.” By Monday morning, Sunak had gained the support of 194 Conservatives.”
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