LONDON: In a cabinet reshuffle, Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday appointed Indian-origin politician Rishi Sunak as the new finance minister of UK.
The son-in-law of Infosys co-founder Narayan Murthy, Rishi will join Home secretary Priti Patel on the top government bench as the Chancellor of the Exchequer.
“I am honoured to be appointed as Chancellor of the Exchequer. My predecessor and good friend Saj did a fantastic job in his time at the Treasury. He was a pleasure to work with and I hope to be able to build on his great work going forward,” Rishi wrote.
I am honoured to be appointed as Chancellor of the Exchequer. My predecessor and good friend Saj did a fantastic job in his time at the Treasury. He was a pleasure to work with and I hope to be able to build on his great work going forward.— Rishi Sunak (@RishiSunak) February 13, 2020
Rishi Sunak is replacing Pakistani-origin Sajid Javid, who resigned as Chancellor since Boris Johnson won a majority in 2019 general election in December.
Until now, the MP for Richmond in Yorkshire, Rishi was Javid’s junior as the Chief Secretary to the Treasury.
39-year-old Rishi is all set to move into No. 11 Downing Street, next door to the PM’s Office as he takes charge of the second most important government position as the finance minister.
In an official statement, Downing Street said, “The Queen has been graciously pleased to approve the appointment of Rt Hon Rishi Sunak as Chancellor of the Exchequer.”
Meanwhile, Indian-origin MPs Suella Braverman and Alok Sharma are some of the other MPs expecting to get a promotion in Cabinet reshuffle this week – dubbed a purge as some high profile resignations and sackings are expected.