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Baghdad-born ethnic Kurd is new UK finance minister

Boris Johnson has appointed Nadhim Zahawi as finance minister (Chancellor of the Exchequer) replacing Rishi Sunak who just resigned.

This catapults Nadhim to the UK’s second-most top executive seat after the PM’s. (Traditionally the British PM occupies No.10 Downing Street while his Chancellor of the Exchequer occupies No.11 Downing Street. Both addresses have ‘official’ cats in residence whose duty it is to catch mice.)

Nadhim, 55, arrived in the UK at age nine. His family had fled Iraq under Saddam Hussein.

In London, Nadhim studied chemical engineering at university.

He is the founder of well-known polling company YouGov and has a property empire reportedly worth around £100 million.

Nadhim was first elected MP in 2010 and represents the parliament seat of Stratford-on-Avon.


Stratford-upon-Avon is famous for being William Shakespeare’s birthplace and where the playwright was buried.

Stratford-upon-Avon refers to the market town whereas Stratford-on-Avon refers to its wider district.

The Royal Shakespeare Theatre opened here in 1932.

The picture above shows Anne Hathaway’s cottage. Anne was Shakespeare’s wife whom he married when he was 18 and she was 26 — and pregnant with their first child.



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One thought on “Baghdad-born ethnic Kurd is new UK finance minister

  1. It is alleged in the Wikipedia that Boris Johnson’s paternal great-grand father was
    Ali Kemal, the Ottoman Empire’s Interior Minister. Kudos to Boris for appointing the best man for the job !

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