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Labour leader Keir Starmer has become Britain’s 58th prime minister.

His party won in a landslide and ironically just shy of the massive landslide by Tony Blair in the 1997 election.

Starmer’s triumph meant that Conservative leader and former prime minister Rishi Sunak had to resign.

On Friday, Sunak and his wife Akshata got into the armoured Jaguar and headed to Buckingham Palace to resign as the prime minister. It’s tradition that the outgoing prime minister visits the reigning royal to resign before the newly elected prime minister arrives.

Sunak’s resignation took only 20 minutes. Shortly after, Starmer and his wife Victoria arrived for the kissing of the hands ritual. Even though this ritual has been followed throughout history, there is no kissing of hands involved at all.

During his farewell speech, Sunak said Starmer is a “decent, public-spirited man”, while the 61-year-old lawyer praised Sunak for his “hard work”.

After meeting with King Charles, Starmer arrived at 10 Downing Street and got ready to announce his cabinet.

The newly appointed cabinet includes two women and a Black man. It also includes familiar faces like Ed Milliband.

Image credit: CNN

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