- The overhaul has been on the agenda for weeks
- Raab demoted but appointed Deputy Prime Minister
- Johnson targets goof-prone ministers
LONDRES, Sept. 15 (Hfrance.fr) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday appointed his party's first female foreign minister in a reshuffle, replacing ministers who had drawn criticism for the stated purpose of fighting against economic inequality after COVID-19.
After months of criticism from several members of his team for missteps and blunders, Johnson has finally started a process which he would have liked to make several weeks earlier, to make the changes he thinks he should pursue with his "improvement " program.
Johnson has made tackling regional inequality a priority, being part of a 2019 agenda when he won the Conservative Party's largest parliamentary majority since Margaret Thatcher but was overshadowed by the pandemic of COVID-19.
The replacement ofDominic Raab by former Minister of Commerce Liz Truss at the Foreign Ministry highlighted the rationale for the reshuffle, to displace those whose behavior has shaken the government and promote those who have avoided crises.
"We know that the public also wants us to respect their priorities, and this is why the Prime Minister wants to make sure we have the right team in room for that, "Johnson Johnson spokesman told reporters.
A source in Johnson's office said the British leader would appoint ministers "with emphasis on unity and leveling The whole country ". Finance Minister Rishi Sunak remains in office.
Truss, a favorite of the Conservatives and Party, moves to the Foreign Ministry's trade department where she has concluded a number of trade agreements since qBritain has left the European Union. Anne-Marie Trevelyan switched to commerce after having been climate minister. find out more
Truss replaces Raab, who has faced calls for resignation since he went on vacation to Crete as the Taliban advanced on the Afghan capital, Kabul. He was demoted to the Ministry of Justice.
To soften the blow, Raab was also appointed Deputy Prime Minister, a role he has played in all respects when he resigned. to lead the government when Johnson fought for his life in hospital with COVID last year.
Michael Gove, seen as a key player Johnson government, was moved to housing from his government cabinet post, acentral government department that drives policy implementation. He was replaced by Stephen Barclay, a former Brexit minister.
Raab and Gove's measures followed the sacking of three others: Gavin Williamson as as Minister of Education, Robert Buckland as Minister of Justice and Robert Jenrick as Minister of Housing.
Buckland didn 't have made no blunders nor was criticized for his decision making, but was moved to make way for Raab.
Williamson's downfall was widely expected after being criticized for his handling of school closings and exams during the COVID pandemic and for confusing two black sportsmen in the countryside. learn more
Jenrick had been criticized foron his role in a billion pound development project proposed by a Conservative Party donor.
Rumors of a reshuffle, and who might be going up or out, have been swirling for weeks.
Some in his party had suggested that the threat of a reshuffle has Helped ensure Johnson's plans for a tax hike to deal with a crisis in health care and social services gain party support after he was widely criticized for hurting the lowest wages.
Critics accused Johnson of choosing Wednesday to eclipse Labor's planned vote in parliament on government The decision to remove additional support for low-income families.
But some conservative lawmakers have saidre that this was simply long overdue. One lawmaker, speaking on condition of anonymity, described the cabinet as a "frightfully encrusted barnacle" boat. Additional report from Kate Holton and William James; edited by Guy Faulconbridge, Nick Macfie and Philippa Fletcher
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