Who are Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak, the two candidates to succeed Boris Johnson as head of the United Kingdom

British Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak, Home Secretary Priti Patel and British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss (Jessica Taylor/REUTERS) (UK PARLIAMENT/JESSICA TAYLOR/)

The Conservative Party of Great Britain elected the former head of the Treasury, Rishi Sunakand to the Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Liz Truss a fiscal moderator and advocate for low taxes, as the two finalists in an election to replace the outgoing prime minister, Boris Johnson. The result came on the day that the divisive and unrepentant Johnson ended his last appearance in Parliament as Prime Minister with the words “Hasta la vista, baby”.

Sunak and Truss came first and second respectively in a secret ballot by Conservative lawmakers. Trade Minister Penny Mordaunt came in third place and was eliminated.

The race, which has already produced bitter infighting among Conservatives, but Who are Sunak and Truss?

Rishi Sunak

In two and a half years he went from being almost unknown to leading the race to succeed Boris Johnson. He was the first British finance minister of Asian descent and is the richest MP in the UK.

Rishi Sunak (REUTERS/Henry Nicholls)
Rishi Sunak (REUTERS/Henry Nicholls) (HENRY NICHOLLS/)

He was appointed Finance Minister in February 2020, after only five years in the Conservative Party.

A month later the coronavirus pandemic broke out and thanks to its massive aid package became one of the most popular members of the governmentwhile Johnson was harshly criticized for his handling of the health crisis.

If he replaces the Conservative Prime Minister in September, this 42-year-old man with an eternal smile on his lips and an air of first class he would be the first British of Indian origin and the first non-white to head the UK government.

When he was elected deputy in 2015, he took an oath on the Bhagavad Gitaholy book of Hinduism, written in Sanskrit.

For a long time he was seen as Johnson's natural successor (REUTERS / John Sibley)
For a long time he was seen as Johnson’s natural successor (REUTERS / John Sibley) (JOHN SIBLEY /)

Born on May 12, 1980 in Southamptonon the south coast of England, is the eldest of three sons of a general practitioner and a pharmacist. Former Goldman Sachs bank analyst and hedge fund employee, he married the daughter of an Indian tycoon, with whom he has two daughters.

Sunak, whose grandparents emigrated from northern India to the UK in the 1960s, amassed a significant personal fortune before becoming an MP in 2015.

For a long time he was seen as the natural successor to Johnson. However, his popularity began to decline when, after the lifting of coronavirus restrictions, it cut aid and began to raise taxes and social charges in a context of skyrocketing inflation and a cost-of-living crisis.

This policy was especially unpopular with conservative ranks.

He is married and has two daughters (REUTERS / Lee Smith)
He is married and has two daughters (REUTERS / Lee Smith) (LEE SMITH /)

“For me, being a conservative means being responsible for money, both that of the people and that of public finances,” Sunak justified.

Liz Truss

Without mincing words and very critical of the protest movements baptized “woke”, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Liz Truss, it has become very popular in the base of the Conservative Party.

fan of margaret ThatcherLike her, she is an advocate of free trade and entered the campaign to succeed Prime Minister Boris Johnson. embodying the most right wing of the Conservative Party.

Born on July 26, 1975, married with two daughters, “Liz is not afraid to speak her mind, and believes that freeing people from the burdensome red tape of starting and growing businesses is the key to our economic future”show off your website.

Liz Truss (REUTERS/Toby Melville)
Liz Truss (REUTERS/Toby Melville) (TOBY MELVILLE/)

After a decade in the private sector, notably as a business manager, she was first a councilor in south-east London and then became an MP in 2010, for the constituency of South West Norfolk, in the east of England.

In 2012 she entered government and held a series of portfolios, first as Secretary of State for Education and then as Minister for the Environment from 2014 to 2016. She also became the first female Justice Minister and later Chief Secretary to the Treasury.

However, his presence in the conservative ranks It wasn’t obvious at all.

The candidate is a fan of Margaret Thatcher (REUTERS / Henry Nicholls)
The candidate is a fan of Margaret Thatcher (REUTERS / Henry Nicholls) (HENRY NICHOLLS /)

Truss grew up in a very leftist environment. At the prestigious University of Oxford, where he graduated in politics and economics, he chaired the liberal-democratic Europhile group, which at the time supported a second referendum on Brexit.

By her own admission, she shocked her parents, a math teacher and a nuclear disarmament advocate whom she accompanied to demonstrations as a child, ending up adopting very right-wing positions.

Conservatives, among whom she quickly became a rising star, were a better fit for these low-tax advocates. “My personal philosophy,” she once told the newspaper Guardian“is to give people the opportunity to make their own decisions”.

In 2012 he entered the government and held a series of portfolios (REUTERS / Toby Melville)
In 2012 he entered the government and held a series of portfolios (REUTERS / Toby Melville) (TOBY MELVILLE /)

This 46-year-old woman, who for a decade worked in the energy and telecommunications sectors, was appointed chief of diplomacy as a reward for her work as minister of international trade during the British exit from the European Union.

In that role, this outspoken free trader who voted to stay in the EU before switching sides managed to close a number of major post-Brexit trade deals.

(with information from AP and AFP)


Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss are the two finalists to succeed Boris Johnson as UK Prime Minister

The new Prime Minister of England will be announced in September by the Conservative Party: there are already 11 candidates