The British discover their new prime minister, when they had barely had time to familiarize themselves with the previous one, Liz Truss, in power for only six weeks. Pushed to resign after causing a financial panic with her economic program, she gave way to a rival, Rishi Sunak, 42 years old.
Charged by King Charles III to form a government, Rishi Sunak warned the United Kingdom on Tuesday, October 25 of “difficult decisions” coming up, while endeavoring to send a message “of hope” to his country. Sign of the level of instability and the dramatic events that follow, the former banker and finance minister becomes the third prime minister in two months and the fifth in six years.
Will Rishi Sunak be able to get the UK out of this interminable political crisis? What is his profile and why did he pass Boris Johnson, the penultimate tenant of 10 Downing Street, who hoped to resume his post as Prime Minister? In this episode of the “L’Heure du Monde” podcast, Cécile Ducourtieux, correspondent for the World in London, gives us keys to understanding.
An episode of Claire Leys. Production and credits music: Amandine Robillard. Presentation and editor-in-chief: Morgane Tual. In this episode: excerpts from the debate between Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak on July 25, 2022 on the BBC. Extract from Liz Truss’ resignation speech on October 20, 2022. Extract from Rishi Sunak’s speech on October 24, 2022. Extract from special editions of Sky News and BBC on October 24, 2022.
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