- Reshuffle has been the focus for weeks
- Demoted Raab but appointed Deputy Prime Minister
- Johnson targets blunder-prone ministers
LONDON, September 15 (Hfrance.fr) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson reshuffled his top ministers on Wednesday, appointing his party's first female foreign minister , as he urged his government to tackle economic inequality after COVID-19.
Ending regional inequality is key to 'agenda set in 2019 when Johnson won the Conservative Party's largest parliamentary majority since Margaret Thatcher. But the problem has been overshadowed by COVID-19 and the headlines about ministerial blunders.
The replacement of Dominic Raab by the former trade minister Liz Truss at the Foreign Office stressed the raiThe rationale behind the reshuffle - displace those whose blunders rocked the government and promote those who avoided crises.
"The Cabinet I Have named Today will work tirelessly to unite and upgrade the whole country. We will rebuild better from the pandemic and respect your priorities, "Johnson said on Twitter.
"Now let's continue our work.
Finance Minister Rishi Sunak remains in his post, as does the Brexit Minister David Frost.
Truss, a Conservative Party favorite, leaves the trade department for the Foreign Office, where she concluded a certain number of trade deals since Britain left the European Union. She is the second woman to hold the post of Foreign Minister, after Margaret Beckett, who heldthis post from 2006 to 2007 in a Labor government.
Anne-Marie Trevelyan moved to trade after having been climate minister. learn more
Truss's predecessor, Raab, has been called upon to resign 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 out in all respects when he stepped down to lead the government when Johnson fought for his life in hospital with COVID-19 last year.
Michael Gove, considered a key player in Johnson's government, has been moved to housing de his position in the Cabinet Office, a department at the center of government that steers the implementation of the policy. He was replaced by Stephen Barclay, a former Brexit minister.
Raab and Gove's measures followed the dismissal of three others: Gavin Williamson as minister of Education, Robert Buckland as Minister of Justice and Robert Jenrick as Minister of Housing.
Buckland had committed no blunder neither 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-19 pandemic and for confusing two black sportsmen in the countryside. learn more
Jenrick had been criticized for his role in a billion-pound development project proposed by a Conservative Party donor.
Some in Johnson's party had suggested the widespread threat of a resh uffle helped ensure his plans to raise taxes to deal with a health and social services crisis won support after being widely criticized for hurting the lowest earners the most.
The party has since slipped in the opinion polls and the 'one who was replaced on Wednesday was its chairman, with former Culture Minister Oliver Dowden taking over.
Critics accused Johnson to seek to eclipse the planned vote by the opposition Labor Party in parliament on the government's decision to remove additional support forlow-income families.
But some Conservative lawmakers have said this is simply long overdue. One lawmaker, speaking on condition of anonymity, described the Cabinet as a "frightfully encrusted barnacle" boat. Reporting by Kylie MacLellan and Elizabeth Piper; Additional reports by Kate Holton and William James; Edited by Nick Macfie, Philippa Fletcher and Peter Cooney
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