Sunak, the former Chancelor and also the new Conservative Party leader after Penny Mordaunt and Boris Johnson withdrew from the running, will be the first non-white Prime Minister in the United Kingdom’s history. Liz Truss, who replaced Boris Johnson upon his resignation back in July, resigned from her post last Thursday after a failed budget and persisting financial turmoil, becoming the shortest serving UK Prime Minister. 

This shifting of powers, yet again, comes amidst chaos in the UK both in politics and in the streets, with countless protests combating the political instability, high cost of living and fuel, climate change, Brexit, and also in the wake of the shooting of Chris Kaba by Police back in September. 

Sunak has faced criticism from the Labour Party who had called for a general election, as well as from activists who have been staging sit-ins in London to protest Sunak and the fuel crisis. 

As the situation in London unfolds, the IMAGO Picture Desk is covering the events as they happen. See IMAGO’s curated collection on the crisis, Rishi Sunak, Liz Truss and Boris Johnson

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IMAGO / Zuma Wire / Tayfun Salci | New Prime Minister, former Chancellor of the Exchequer and Conservative Party leadership candidate Rishi Sunak. 24 October, 2022.
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IMAGO / Zuma Wire / Vuk Valcic | Just Stop Oil activists glued their hands and blocked Kingsway and High Holborn, two busy roads in Central London, as they continue their protests demanding the government stops issuing new fossil fuel licences. 21 October, 2022.
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IMAGO / Parsons Media | Rishi Sunak at the final Conservative Leadership Hustings. Wembley Arena. 31 August. 2022.
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IMAGO / Parsons Media | Rishi Sunak at the final Conservative Leadership Hustings. 31 August, 2022.
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IMAGO / Zuma Wire / Tayfun Salci | Liz Truss leaves the press conference after making her resignation statement outside 10 Downing Street. London, United Kingdom. 20 October, 2022.
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IMAGO / Parsons Media | Conservative Party Conference 2022. The Prime Minister Liz Truss delivering her keynote speech at the 2022 Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham. 5 October, 2022.
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IMAGO / aal.photo / Joao Pereira | Multiple groups including BLM and SWP gather in front of New Scotland Yard to protest the killing of the unarmed Chris Kaba by a police officer in London. 17 September, 2022.
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IMAGO / Zuma Wire / Tayfun Salci | Thousands of Black Lives Matter protesters stage a protest in central London demanding justice for 24 year old black man, Chris Kaba, who was shot dead by the police last week. London, United Kingdom. 10 September, 2022.
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IMAGO / Zuma Wire / Thabo Jaiyesimi |Hundreds of people gathered outside New Scotland Yard as part of the series of protests across the country calling for justice for Chris Kaba, an unarmed black man who was shot dead by police in south London. 17 September, 2022.
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IMAGO / NurPhoto / WIktor Szymanowicz | Rishi Sunak in London. 29 March, 2022.
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IMAGO / Zuma Wire / Tayfun Salci | Protesters stage a demonstration outside Downing Street calling UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak to resign. 13 April, 2022.
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IMAGO / i images / Martyn Wheatley | The twelfth and final Conservative leadership election hustings between Liz Truss & Rishi Sunak. 31 August, 2022.
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IMAGO / i images / Martyn Wheatley | Rejoin The EU March. March & Rally from Hyde Park Corner, London. 22 October, 2022.
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IMAGO / NurPhoto / Alexander Mak | Protest is in support of the UK rejoining the European Union. 22 October, 2022.
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IMAGO / Zuma Wire / Tayfun Salci | British artist KAYA MAR holds his painting depicting a headless chicken symbolising UK Prime Minister Liz Truss outside Downing Street. 19 October, 2022.
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IMAGO / Zuma Wire / Thomas Krych | Climate Activists staged a protest in Trafalgar Square Fountain. 22 October, 2022.
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IMAGO / Zuma Wire / Vuk Valcic | Protesters hold placards calling Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak guilty over Partygate during the demonstration. 20 April, 2022.