Dominic Raab deposed as Britain’s Secretary of State in Johnson exchange

Raab, who was widely criticized for his handling of Britain’s withdrawal from Afghanistan, was also appointed chancellor in the overthrow of Johnson’s government.

The former foreign minister was on holiday in Greece when the Taliban took control of Afghanistan. He demanded his resignation after it emerged that not long before Kabul’s fall, he had asked a deputy to handle an urgent conversation with the Afghan foreign minister about the evacuation of interpreters working with British armed forces. The call never happened.

Raab said he was not considering his position, but acknowledged that “with hindsight” he would not have gone on holiday when the Taliban advanced to Kabul.

He also refuted claims that he was seen relaxing on the beach on the day the Afghan capital fell.

“The things about me paddleboarding, nonsense, the sea was actually closed,” Raab told Sky News.

Liz Truss will replace Raab as Secretary of State and will also remain Minister for Women and Equality.

Other important steps include the removal of Education Secretary Gavin Williamson, who has been criticized for his handling of the education system since taking office in July 2019.

Last week, he seemed to confuse two black British sports stars and told an interviewer that he had spoken to Manchester United footballer Marcus Rashford – who has been campaigning for free school meals for children in need during the pandemic – when he had actually met rugby player Maro Itoje.

Williamson later said he had made a “real mistake” in confusing the two athletes, according to a statement from the BBC, Britain’s public broadcaster.

In May 2019, Williamson was fired from his previous role as defense secretary following the leak of an important decision related to the Chinese telecom company Huawei from a meeting of the UK National Security Council.

Williamson confirmed his resignation in a tweet.

“It has been a privilege to serve as Education Secretary since 2019,” he wrote.

“Despite the challenges of the global pandemic, I am particularly proud of the transformational reforms I have led in post-16 education: at universities, our skills agenda, apprenticeships and more.”

Williamson has been replaced as education secretary by former vaccine minister Nadhim Zahawi, Downing Street confirmed in a tweet.

Robert Jenrick also lost his role as Minister for Housing, Communities and Local Authorities. He has been replaced by Michael Gove, who together with Johnson led the campaign for Brexit 2016 and has held a variety of ministerial roles, most recently as Minister of the Cabinet Office.

Robert Buckland stepped aside as legal secretary to make room for Raab.


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