Iraq-born Nadhim Zahawi becomes UK’s new finance minister

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Nadhim Zahawi

By Muslim Mirror Staff

Iraq-born Nadhim Zahawi was UK’s finance minister late Tuesday after the resignation of Rishi Sunak.

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Zahawi, who was the education secretary, was named by former Prime Minister Boris Johnson as the chief executive of the treasury.

He moved to Britain in the mid-1970s when his family fled the rule of Saddam Hussain. He worked worked with the Conservative party for a long period of time. 

Zahawi ran in the 2010 general election as the Conservative Party candidate for Stratford-upon-Avon and won.

He was appointed to the policy unit in Downing Street by former UK Prime Minister David Cameron. He worked in junior ministerial roles in education and business departments. 

He was appointed minister in charge of the COVID-19 vaccine rollouts in 2020. In 2021, he was appointed by Boris Johnson to the cabinet as education secretary.

After being appointed as the Chancellor of the Exchequer on Tuesday, he called on Boris Johnson to resign. In a statement he said, “Prime Minister: this is not sustainable and it will only get worse.” Johnson eventually resigned on Thursday.

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