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10 UK cabinet members resign as new PM takes office: Report

London: At least ten members of the previous Liz Truss-led UK government resigned shortly after Rishi Sunak became the new prime minister, media reports said.

On Monday, Sunak was elected the head of the ruling Conservative Party. On Tuesday, King Charles III officially appointed Sunak to the top post.

“An honour to have been one of the longest serving Cabinet ministers — having done eight ministerial roles, in five departments, under four Prime Ministers.

The new PM will have my support from the back benches to tackle the many challenges we face — as a Party and as a country,” Justice Secretary Brandon Lewis said on Twitter while announcing his resignation.

Apart from Lewis, Business Secretary Jacob Rees-Mogg, Education Secretary Kit Malthouse, Work and Pensions Secretary Chloe Smith, Environment Secretary Ranil Jayawardena, Welsh Secretary Robert Buckland, Party Chairman Jake Berry, Minister of State for Development in the Foreign Office Vicky Ford, Chief Whip Wendy Morton and Levelling up Secretary Simon Clarke also announced their resignation, reports news agency Sputnik.

Sunak became the country’s third prime minister in 2022. In July, then-leader Boris Johnson announced his intention to step down due to accusations of violating COVID-19 regulations.

Liz Truss, elected in September to replace Johnson, spent only 44 days in office.

On October 20, she announced her resignation due to criticism over the government’s new economic plan.

The 42-year-old Sunak is the first Indian-origin leader to rise to the post of a UK Prime Minister.

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