British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced changes to ministerial positions in his government. In the framework of the reorganization of the government, after a series of errors and political disagreements, he replaced, among other things, the head of diplomacy and dismissed the Minister of Education.
Photo: SITA / AP
Liz Truss is the second in history to lead British diplomacy.
The most important measure is the transfer of former Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab to the position of Minister of Justice with the addition of the position of Deputy Prime Minister. It is seen as a “decline”, as the position of Deputy Prime Minister is only nominal. Raab has been criticized for delaying his return from vacation in Greece as Taliban militants seized control of Afghanistan in August and the British government attempted to evacuate citizens from the country.
Former Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, who has been recognized for negotiating a series of trade deals with Australia and Japan since Britain left the European Union, has become the new head of British diplomacy – the only second woman to hold a position in the UK. At the same time, Truss will remain Secretary of State for Women and Equality.
Williamson ends too
Johnson kept Rishi Sunak as Finance Minister. Priti Patilova will remain Minister of the Interior, although there has been speculation about her leaving the position after pressure due to an increase in the number of immigrants from France.
Johnson also summoned Education Secretary Gavin Williamson, who has been criticized for his work during the pandemic regarding school closures, exams and college admissions during the pandemic. He will be replaced by Nadim Al-Zahawi, Minister of State for Vaccines, who is responsible for vaccination against the Corona virus.
Michael Gove, a longtime ally of Johnson, has been appointed Minister of Housing, Communities and Self-Government. This resort is key to Johnson’s promise of prosperity to all UK citizens, who helped him win the 2019 election.
Nadine Doris will serve as Minister of Culture to tackle sensitive issues such as the future of the BBC’s public broadcasting service.
Johnson made major changes to his cabinet after the December 2019 election, when he dismissed MPs who were deemed unloyal or lukewarm in support of Brexit. He was left with a strong Brexit team, which critics have said lacks experienced politicians in various fields, which has manifested itself in managing the consequences of leaving the European Union and the pandemic.
“Gamer. Wannabe beer evangelist. Pop culture practitioner. Travel lover. Social media advocate.”