Liz Truss is the new UK Foreign Secretary - the first woman to have been in this position for over a decade - after Boris Johnson demoted Dominic Raab as justice secretary following the crisis in Afghanistan.
Truss , a beloved free trader of conservative members, had been the international trade secretary since 2019.
Raab was the justice portfolio but was awarded the title of Deputy Prime Minister as a sweetener, as Johnson carried out extensive reshuffle of his best team .
The Prime Minister launched the upheaval by sacking three ministers, in particular by deleting Gavin Williamson as secretary of education.
Raab had been widelyt approached for a demotion after the Kabul airlift debacle , but he and his team were keen to avoid the feeling that he was blamed for the crisis. On Wednesday, he and the Prime Minister held a lengthy face-to-face meeting in Johnson's office in the House of Commons. Raab later arrived at Downing Street to see his new role announced.
Earlier, Williamson had confirmed his departure in a tweet , saying:" It was a privilege to serve as education secretary since 2019. "He did not say if he had been given another position, only stating:" I look forward to continuing to support the Premier minister and government. "
The justice secretary, Robert Buckland , and Housing and Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick also announced that they had been dismissed after meeting the Premier minister Wednesday.
Williamson had been widely approached for the coup after a series of blunders. A spokesperson for No 10 said he had "played a key role in transforming the skills agenda as we create a high wage and skilled economy, providing a lifelong skills guarantee to millions of people across the country. The Prime Minister is grateful for his loyalty and service. "
Buckland appears to have been pushed to his way for Raab.
Interior Minister Priti Patel, also widely expected, was not seen enteringin Johnson's office, where bad news is traditionally delivered. However, Amanda Milling was seen leaving Johnson's office after being relieved of her post as Conservative Party Co-Chair.
The Prime Minister's official spokesperson previously said Johnson's reshuffle "builds a strong, cohesive team to better rebuild after the pandemic.
The PM is also expected to conduct a major reshuffle of its junior ranks, which could take place until Thursday.
Johnson's spokesperson said the reshuffle was the second part of the plan aimed at relaunching the government's strategy following the winter plan for Covid announced on Tuesday.
" Yesterday PM isleft its Covid management plan during the fall and winter, "they said.
" But the government must also redouble its efforts efforts to meet the priorities of the population. The Prime Minister will appoint ministers this afternoon with a focus on uniting and leveling the whole country. "George Eustice, and Welsh Secretary Simon Hart.
Johnson is known to be keen on having more
He previously committed to having at least one woman in the four "major state offices", which would mean that at least one woman would be eligible for promotion if Patel is moved. The most likely candidate is Liz Truss , a favorite of the Conservative members, who could replace Raab.
The reshuffle will leave the new ministers just a few weeks to prepare for the Conservative Party conference - and, more urgently, the government spending review, where departments must make detailed submissions to the treasury.
Asked if the PM had discussed the job changes with his wife, Carrie Johnson, his spokesperson said no. Former Johnson chief adviser Dominic Cummings tweeted on Wednesday morning that 'this would be a "Carrie shuffle ".