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UK prime minister promises to unite the country

Rishi Sunak, the new UK prime minister has meet with King Charles at Buckingham Palace

After his meeting on Tuesday, Sunak reechoed that the UK was facing “profound economic crisis”

In his first speech outside No 10 Downing Street, Sunak said he would fix some of the mistakes made Liz Truss.

He also said his focus was to unite the country.

“I will unite our country, not with words but, with action. I will work day in and day out to deliver for you,” Sunak said

Liz Truss resigned 44 days after becoming the PM, making her the shortest-serving one in UK history

In farewell message, Truss defended her legacy of trying to push through tax cuts and said leaders needed to be bold

“Our country continues to battle through a storm, but I believe in Britain. I believe in the British people, and I know that brighter days lie ahead,” she said.

Mr Sunak won the Tory leadership contest without a vote being cast after rivals Penny Mordaunt and Boris Johnson dropped out of the race, in a stunning turnaround from his loss to Liz Truss just weeks ago.

Writing by Annabel Nwachukwu