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Who is the British politician Nadhim Zahawi who has taken Rishi Sunak’s place?

Wednesday saw the appointment of Nadhim Zahawi as Britain’s new finance minister following the resignation of the outgoing minister, Rishi Sunak, from the Boris Johnson administration.

Sunak, a former investment banker of Indian descent who later entered politics, resigned on Tuesday after the most recent controversy hit Johnson’s cabinet. Sajid Javid, the minister of health, also sent his resignation.

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Richmond (Yorkshire) was the location of Sunak’s first election to the British Parliament in 2015. 2017 saw his election again. Sunak made headlines in India when he wed Akshata Murthy, the daughter of Infosys co-founder N R Narayana Murthy and author Sudha Murthy. Sunak was born in the UK to a general practitioner father and a pharmacist mother.

Sunak was succeeded by Zahawi, a rising star in the Conservative Party who was first chosen as the party’s representative for Stratford-on-Avon in 2010. He was born in Iraqi Kurdistan, according to a Reuters story. When he was 11 years old, his family left Saddam Hussein’s Iraq and came to England. After Zahawi first had trouble speaking English, his teachers cautioned his parents that he would experience learning challenges.

The 55-year-old was a successful businessman prior to entering politics. He served as Jeffrey Archer, an author and former Tory MPadvisor. ,’s According to a source, Zahawi also sold T-shirts and Teletubbies memorabilia to merchants including Marks & Spencer.

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Here are five less well-known Zahawi facts:

  • Zahawi, 55, emigrated to Britain in the middle of the 1970s when his Kurdish family fled Saddam Hussein’s dictatorship in Iraq.
  • A longtime supporter of the Conservative Party, Zahawi served as Jeffrey Archer’s assistant in the 1990s. Archer was a politician and author who was imprisoned for perjury in 2001.
  • He co-founded the polling firm YouGov in 2000 and served as its CEO from 2000 to 2010, building it into one of Britain’s top market research firms.
  • Zahawi was the successful Conservative Party candidate for Stratford-upon-Avon in the 2010 general election. Then-prime minister David Cameron appointed Zahawi to the policy division in Downing Street as a result of his commercial success.
  • In 2020, he was appointed minister in charge of the Covid-19 vaccine rollouts after serving in subordinate ministerial positions in the business and education departments. He was given the position of education secretary in the cabinet by Boris Johnson in 2021.

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