- The rework is at the agenda for weeks
- Raab demoted but appointed Deputy Prime Minister
- Johnson targets goof-prone ministers
LONDON, September 15 (Hfrance.fr) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson demoted his foreign minister on Wednesday during a major reshuffle, removing his over-dismissed colleagues to refocus the government on raising living standards after COVID-19.
After months of criticism from several of its top teams for missteps and goofs, Johnson finally began a process some say he wanted to do several weeks earlier, to make the changes he thinks he needs.to continue with his "leveling up " program.
Johnson has made tackling regional inequalities a priority, part of 'an agenda set in 2019 when it won the Conservative Party's largest parliamentary majority since Margaret Thatcher but was overshadowed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
" We know the public also wants us to respect their priorities, and that 's why the Prime Minister wants to make sure we have the right team in place for this "said the Johnson's spokesperson to reporters.
A source in Johnson's office said the British leader would appoint ministers "with a focus on the unity and leveling of the whole country ".
Raab, who has faced calls for resignation ever since 'he went on vacation to Crete alAs the Taliban advanced on the Afghan capital, Kabul, lost one of the so-called large state offices at the Foreign Ministry to become Minister of Justice.
To soften the blow, Raab was also appointed Deputy Prime Minister, a role he played in anything but name when he marched led the government when Johnson was fighting for his life at hospital with COVID last year.
Liz Truss has been promoted from commerce to the Foreign Office, becoming only the second woman to occupy the post in Britain.
Michael Gove, seen as a key player in the Johnson government, has been moved to housing from his cabinet post, a central government department that drives policy implementation.
Raab and Gove's actions followed the sacking of three others: GavinWilliamson as Minister of Education, Robert Buckland as Minister of Justice and Robert Jenrick as Minister of Housing.
C Perhaps Buckland's sacking was the most surprising. Unlike the others, he had neither blundered nor criticized for his decision making, but had to be 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 for his role in a billion pound development project proposed by a Conservative Party donor.
TheRumors of a reshuffle, and which could be about to go up or out, have been swirling for weeks.
Some in his party had suggested The threat of a reshuffle has ensured that Johnson's plans for a tax hike to deal with a health and social services crisis garner party support after being widely criticized for having harmed the lowest incomes most.
Critics accused Johnson of choosing Wednesday to eclipse the opposition Labor Party 's plan to vote in parliament on the government's decision to cut extra support for low-income families.
But some conservative lawmakers have said this is simply long overdue. A lawmaker, speaking on condition of anonymity, decriedt the cabinet as a 'frightfully encrusted barnacle' boat. Additional report from Kate Holton and William James; edited by Guy Faulconbridge and Nick Macfie
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