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Rishi Sunak Calls Surprise General Elections In United Kingdom On THIS Date

He made this announcement in a statement outside Downing Street.

Britain’s Prime Minister Rishi Sunak delivers a statement, outside 10 Downing Street, London, Wednesday, May 22, 2024. Sunak has set the date of July 4, 2024 for the national election to determine who governs the UK. (Stefan Rousseau/PA via AP)

UK General Elections: Rishi Sunak, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on Wednesday called for a surprise general election on July 4.

He made this announcement in a statement outside Downing Street.

Rishi Sunak posted on X: “These uncertain times call for a clear plan and bold action to chart a course to a secure future. You must choose in this election who has that plan and who is prepared to take that bold action to secure a better future for our country and our children.”

Sunak was obligated to conduct a vote by January 2025 and had consistently refrained from detailing his intentions. Nevertheless, the announcement of a decrease in inflation rates earlier on Wednesday paved the way for his declaration.

The decision initiates a six-week campaign that is widely anticipated to culminate in the downfall of Sunak’s Conservative government.

The buoyant opposition Labour Party, under Keir Starmer’s leadership, is likely to welcome the move. Soaring in opinion polls, the party has endeavored to portray itself as a reformed and moderate collective, poised for governance.

Sunak may be banking on a clever campaign to cause a significant upset for Labour, thereby prolonging a Tory governance that started in 2010, which has managed austerity measures, Brexit, the COVID-19 pandemic, and a cost of living crisis.

Earlier, the UK Parliament passed the contentious bill, allowing the government to send asylum seekers to Rwanda for their claims to be considered by the East African nation, according to CNN.

UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s efforts to pass the bill have been stuck between opposition in the Houses of Parliament and challenges in the British courts, as lawmakers and activists have sought to scupper the legislation on human rights grounds.

Moreover, Sunak’s inability to implement the policy has caused considerable embarrassment, as the British government has sent millions of pounds to Rwanda to fund a scheme that has failed to deliver any results to date, CNN reported.

It has been designed to prevent irregular migration into the UK, particularly people travelling on illegal and dangerous small boats from France, arranged by criminal gangs.

(With ANI inputs)