LONDON: The new British Prime Minister, Rishi Sunaksaid on Tuesday he would try to undo the mess left by his predecessor, restore confidence in politics and tackle a “deep economic crisis”, but warned the country there would be tough decisions ahead.
Standing in front of his Downing Street office, Sunak paid tribute to Liz Trusswhose economic program shook markets, saying the mistakes she made were not “born out of bad will or bad intentions”.
He also took aim at another predecessor, Boris Johnson, saying the mandate given to the Tories in the 2019 election won by the former prime minister was not the property of a single individual and would be guided by his promises.
“I want to pay tribute to my predecessor Liz Truss… Some mistakes were made. Not born out of bad will or bad intentions. Quite the contrary in fact. But mistakes nonetheless,” he said.
“And I was elected leader of my party and your prime minister, in part to fix them. And that work begins immediately. I will put economic stability and confidence at the heart of this government’s agenda. That will mean decisions hard to come.”
Addressing an audience facing rising energy and food prices, Sunak, one of the wealthiest lawmakers in parliamentsaid he fully understood how difficult things were for many.
“All I can say is that I am not intimidated. I know the high office I have accepted and I hope to live up to its requirements,” he said.
“So I stand here before you, ready to lead our country into the future. To put your needs above politics, to reach out and build a government that represents the best traditions of my party. Together, we can achieve amazing things.”

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