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'Special Diwali': World leaders react as Rishi Sunak becomes first Indian-origin prime minister of UK

'Special Diwali': World leaders react as Rishi Sunak becomes first Indian-origin prime minister of UK

'Special Diwali': World leaders react as Rishi Sunak becomes first Indian-origin prime minister of UK
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By CNBCTV18.com Oct 25, 2022 12:43 PM IST (Published)

Rishi Sunak will be the third UK prime minister this year replacing Liz Truss, who served in office for just 45 days.

Rishi Sunak is set to be sworn in as the next British Prime Minister On October 25. He will be the first Indian-origin British Prime Minister and the youngest PM at 42 to take the office in over 200 years. Sunak, a wealthy Hindu descendant of immigrants from India and East Africa, will be at the forefront of the country which is going through an economic downturn. Reactions have poured in from several world leaders since the news of his appointment broke.

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Former UK Prime Minister Liz Truss, who stayed in the office for just 45 days before Sunak, congratulated him and saying that he has her full support.
Former UK Prime Minister, David Cameron, congratulated Rishi. In a tweet, Cameron said, "I predicted a decade ago that the Conservatives would select our first Brit Indian PM and proud today that comes to be.”
Scottish PM Nicola Sturgeon called Sunak becoming the prime minister as a “genuinely significant moment” which makes for a “special Diwali".
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1/ Congratulations to @RishiSunak - I wish him well and, notwithstanding our political differences, will do my best to build a constructive working relationship with him in the interests of those we serve.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Sunak and tweeted that he looked forward to "working closely together on global issues".
In India, several other political leaders across party lines took to Twitter to congratulate Sunak.
Before the results were announced, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor tweeted, “If this does happen, I think all of us will have to acknowledge that the British have done something very rare in the world, to place a member of a visible minority in the most powerful office.”
Former Union minister P Chidambaram said that there is a lesson to be learned by India and the parties that practise majoritarianism.
“First Kamala Harris, now Rishi Sunak. The people of the U.S. and the U.K have embraced the non-majority citizens of their countries and elected them to high office in government. I think there is a lesson to be learned by India and the parties that practise majoritarianism,” Chidambaram tweeted.
Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti called it a “proud moment for India."
Congratulating Sunak, Aam Aadmi Party MP Raghav Chadha wrote "history comes full circle” in a tweet.
Sunak's victory marks a remarkable turnaround in British politics. The new PM has a great challenge in front of him after outgoing PM Liz Truss resigned following an open revolt against her leadership in the Conservative Party.
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