British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak bowed to pressure on Sunday, sacking Conservative Party chairman Nadhim Zahawi, who has come under criticism for his personal tax arrangements.
Sunak ordered his ethics advisers to investigate Zahavi last week after he claimed he had paid the fine as part of a £4.8 million ($5.96 million) settlement with tax officials. Zahavi allegedly failed to declare the dispute with tax authorities.
Zahavi was appointed Chancellor of the Exchequer – Finance Minister – by former Prime Minister Boris Johnson in July last year. He remained in cabinet under Johnson’s successor, Liz Truss, and her successor, Sunak, who made him party chairman.
In a letter to Zahavi, Sunak said that after the investigation was completed, “it became clear that the Ministerial Code had been seriously breached.”
“Therefore, I have informed you of my decision to relieve you from His Majesty’s government.”