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Five facts about Britain's new finance minister Nadhim Zahawi

Five facts about Britain's new finance minister Nadhim Zahawi
Five facts about Britain's new finance minister Nadhim Zahawi   -   Copyright  Thomson Reuters 2022   -  
By Reuters

<div> <p><span class="caps">LONDON</span> – Here are five facts about Britain’s new finance minister Nadhim Zahawi, appointed by Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday following the resignation of Rishi Sunak.</p> <p>- Zahawi, 55, was born in Iraq and moved to Britain in the mid-1970s when his Kurdish family fled the rule of Saddam Hussein.</p> <p>- A long-standing member of the Conservative Party, Zahawi worked in the 1990s as an aide for novelist and politician Jeffrey Archer, who was jailed for perjury in 2001.</p> <p>- In 2000 he co-founded the polling company YouGov and was its chief executive until 2010, turning the company into one of Britain’s top market research companies.</p> <p>- Zahawi ran in the 2010 general election as the Conservative Party candidate for Stratford-upon-Avon and won. His success in business prompted then prime minister David Cameron to appoint Zahawi to the policy unit in Downing Street.</p> <p>- After working in junior ministerial roles in the education and business departments, he was appointed minister in charge of the <span class="caps">COVID</span>-19 vaccine rollouts in 2020. In 2021, Boris Johnson appointed him to the cabinet as education secretary. </p> <p/> <p>(This story corrects to show Zahawi moved to Britain in the 1970s, not 1990s)</p> <p/> </div>