JUST IN: Keir Starmer officially appointed UK prime minister

Britain’s head of state, King Charles III, officially appointed Labour leader, Keir Starmer as prime minister during an audience at Buckingham Palace.

A statement on Friday, July 5, accompanied by a photograph released by the palace, showed the monarch shaking hands with Starmer, whose party won a landslide election victory.

The king earlier accepted the resignation of conservative leader, Rishi Sunak.

“The King received in audience The Right Honourable Sir Keir Starmer MP today and requested him to form a new Administration.

“Sir Keir accepted His Majesty’s offer and kissed hands upon his appointment as Prime Minister and First Lord of the Treasury”, a palace statement read.

Keir Starmer became Britain’s new prime minister as his center-left opposition Labour Party swept to a landslide general election victory. It ends 14 years of right-wing Conservative rule.

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