Britain’s Johnson replaces foreign secretary in shakes

LONDON: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson demoted his top diplomat and fired his education minister in a major government shake-up on Wednesday as he sought to move away from a series of political mistakes and revive his promise to “raise” prosperity across the board UK.
By and large, 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 Deputy Secretary of State with the additional title of Deputy Prime Minister. Despite the great title, it is a demotion – the deputy has no formal constitutional role.
The new Foreign Minister is a former international trade secretary Liz Truss, a favorite among the Conservatives’ grassroots who have won praise for their work in 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 Equality.

Britain’s new Secretary of State Liz Truss
Anne-Marie Trevelyan replaced Truss as Minister of International Trade.
No other changes were made to the top four cabinet posts, with Rishi Sunak remaining chief financial officer 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 holds a key job leading Britain’s pandemic response, also stayed on his post.
Johnson fired Education Secretary Gavin Williamson, who has been criticized for his performance during the pandemic, which has seen long periods of school closures, sudden political changes and interruptions of major exams to come to the university two years in a row.
Williamson was replaced by Nadhim Zahawi, who has served as vaccine minister responsible for vaccinating the country against the coronavirus.
Michael Gove, a longtime ally and at times rival to Johnson, was appointed Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government. The department is the key to Johnson’s goal of “leveling” Britain, spreading prosperity beyond the rich south, which is the traditional conservative heartland. That promise helped Johnson win a landslide election victory in 2019 by winning votes in Labor Party-dominated parts of northern England.
Nadine Dorries was promoted to head the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, a position that will see her grapple with thorny issues such as the future of the publicly funded BBC. An outspoken politician who has often made headlines, Dorries has criticized “left-wing snowflakes” and in 2012 was interrupted by the Conservative Party because she took time off from her job as a legislator to appear in the reality TV show “I’m a Celebrity .. “Get Me Out of Here,” filmed in Australia.
Johnson most recently made major changes to his cabinet shortly after his election victory in December 2019, when he made lawmakers consider insufficiently loyal or lukewarm in their support for Brexit. It left him strong pro-Brex top law, but critics say it left many ambitious and competent lawmakers out of government.
Opponents of Johnson’s Conservative government say a lack of depth has emerged as Britain. confronted the aftermath of its exit from the EU together with the public health crisis of the coronavirus pandemic and its economic impact. Britain has recorded more than 134,000 deaths in covid-19, 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 government mix will continue on Thursday.


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