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The British Johnson replaces Secretary of State in the Cabinet

The British Johnson replaces Secretary of State in the Cabinet

LONDON: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson demoted his top diplomat and fired his education minister on Wednesday in a major shake-up of the government as he tried to move on from a series of political missteps and revive his promise to “increase” prosperity across Britain.
In the biggest move, Johnson demoted Secretary of State Dominic Raab, who has been criticized for delaying his return from a holiday in Greece when the Taliban took over Afghanistan last month.
Raab was appointed Secretary of Justice with the added title of Deputy Prime Minister. Despite the great title, it is a demotion – the deputy has no formal constitutional role.
The new foreign secretary is ex-international trade secretary Liz Truss, a favorite among the Conservatives’ grassroots who has won praise for her work negotiating trade agreements with Australia and Japan since Britain left the EU last year. Truss, Britain’s second female foreign secretary, will also remain Minister for Women and Gender Equality.

Britain’s new Foreign Secretary Liz Truss
Anne-Marie Trevelyan replaced Truss as Minister of International Trade.
There were no other changes to the top four cabinet posts, with Rishi Sunak remaining as finance minister and Priti Patel remaining as interior minister. Secretary of Defense Ben Wallace also kept his job. He has been praised for his work in overseeing the evacuation of thousands of British citizens and their Afghan allies from Kabul last month.
Health Secretary Sajid Javid, who has a key job leading Britain’s pandemic response, was also on his post.
Johnson fired Education Secretary Gavin Williamson, who has been criticized for his performance during the pandemic, which has experienced long periods of school closures, sudden political shifts and the cancellation of major exams to attend university two years in a row.
Williamson was replaced by Nadhim Zahawi, who has served as the vaccine minister responsible for vaccinating the country against coronavirus.
Michael Gove, a longtime ally and once rival to Johnson, was appointed Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Authorities. The department is the key to Johnson’s goal of “leveling” Britain and spreading prosperity beyond the wealthy south, which is the traditional conservative heart. This promise helped Johnson win a major election victory in 2019 by winning votes in Labor Party-dominated parts of the north of England.
Nadine Dorries was promoted to head the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, a position that will see her struggle with thorny issues such as the future of the publicly funded BBC. As a outspoken politician who has often made headlines, Dorries has criticized “left-wing snowflakes” and in 2012 was suspended by the Conservative Party for taking time off from his job as a legislator to appear in the reality TV show “I ‘ m a Celebrity … Get me out of here, “filmed in Australia.
Johnson last made major changes to his cabinet shortly after his election victory in December 2019, when he left lawmakers who were considered insufficiently loyal or lukewarm in their support for Brexit. It left him with a strong pro-Brexit top team, but critics say it left many ambitious and competent lawmakers out of government.
Opponents of Johnson’s Conservative government say lack of depth has emerged as Britain. confronted the aftershocks of its departure from the EU together with the public health crisis of the coronavirus pandemic and the consequent economic blows. Britain has recorded more than 134,000 Covid-19 deaths, the highest toll in Europe after Russia.
Johnson’s office said the prime minister’s changes on Wednesday would lead to “a strong and united team to build better back from the pandemic.”
The cabinet mix continues Thursday.


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