UK reshuffles cabinet, replaces foreign minister

Britain reshuffles the cabinet, replaces the foreign minister - Photo 1.

Liz Truss will be Britain’s first female foreign secretary in more than 10 years – Photo: REUTERS

On September 15, Mr. Johnson’s office confirmed that Mr. Raab would take the position of Attorney General, replacing Mr. Robert Buckland, and concurrently serving as Deputy Prime Minister of the UK. Mr Raab had previously faced criticism and calls for his resignation after it was revealed he was on holiday in Greece amid the tense situation in Afghanistan.

The former British foreign secretary asked his subordinates to handle the urgent call of the foreign minister of Afghanistan. Explaining later, Mr. Raab denied that he was relaxing at the beach when Kabul fell to the Taliban, saying the beach where he was believed to be on holiday was closed.

Mr. Raab will be replaced by International Trade Secretary Lizz Truss. Ms. Truss became the first woman in more than 10 years and the second in British history to hold the position of foreign secretary. She is also the person behind a series of British agreements after the country left the European Union.

In addition to Mr Raab, the other ministers to be sacked are Education Secretary Gavin Williamson, Housing and Communities Minister Robert Jenrick.

“It has been my privilege to serve as Education Secretary since 2019,” Williamson confirmed on Twitter. According to Reuters news agency, Mr. Williamson was criticized for his handling of closing schools and organizing exams during the COVID-19 epidemic.

There are positions that continue to be kept, such as Finance Minister Rishi Sunak and Interior Minister Priti Patel.

Earlier, Prime Minister Johnson’s office announced that the cabinet reshuffle was aimed at creating “a strong and united team” to help Britain recover from the pandemic. He is also expected to reorganize the lower ranks of the leadership on September 16.

Mr Johnson said the cabinet reshuffle was part 2 of a strategy to reorganize the government after announcing a plan to combat COVID-19 this winter.

“The Prime Minister has a plan to manage COVID-19 this fall and winter. But the government must work harder to deliver on people’s priorities,” a spokesman for Mr. Johnson said.


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