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Rishi Sunak has been appointed Prime Minister by the King and will begin assembling his Cabinet this afternoon. Speaking in Downing Street, he pledged to restore “integrity, professionalism and accountability” to government, and warned of “difficult decisions to come”. The 42-year-old is the youngest PM for more than 200 years, and the first British Asian in the job. He is also the first Wykehamist – an alumnus of the elite public school Winchester College – in No 10 since Henry Addington in 1804. It’s “a marker of how radically Britain has changed”, says historian Tom Holland on Twitter, “and of how it stays ever the same”. Sunak has been congratulated by world leaders including Indian PM Narendra Modi, who referenced the “living bridge” of British Indians, and Joe Biden, who appeared to call him “Rashee Sanook” (listen here).