UK PM Sunak sacks party chairman Zahawi over tax affairs

LONDON, 31 January 2023, (TON): British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak sacked Conservative Party chair Nadhim Zahawi after an investigation found he committed a serious breach by not being open about a tax probe, the latest scandal to hit one of Sunak s top ministers.

Sunak had initially stood by Zahawi before ordering an independent adviser to investigate questions over his tax affairs after it emerged Zahawi had settled a probe by Britain s tax authority HMRC last year.

Zahawi has said the tax body ruled he had been “careless” with his declarations but hadn t deliberately made an error to pay less tax, confirming he paid a penalty to HMRC.

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