British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab was dismissed on Wednesday as part of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government reconstruction. Raab will take over as Justice Minister and become Deputy Prime Minister. The current Minister of International Trade, Liz Truss, has been appointed the new head of diplomacy.
The British Prime Minister began the reconstruction of his cabinet on Wednesday. As Reuters writes, the changes affect ministers who have recently faced harsh criticism from public opinion. One of them is the former head of British diplomacy, Dominic Raab.
Raab left the Prime Minister’s Downing Street headquarters on Wednesday with a smile on his face, reports the BBC. The politician did not answer journalists’ questions as to whether he was satisfied with the new duties.
The current Minister of International Trade, Liz Truss, will be the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the United Kingdom. She supervised the negotiation of UK trade deals after Brexit and was rated very well. She will be the second-ever woman at the head of British diplomacy.
Dominic Raab in the heat of criticism
Dominic Raab has been heavily criticized in recent weeks for his neglect as the Taliban took power in Afghanistan. In particular, for not making a call to his Afghan counterpart while on leave to facilitate the evacuation of former British military translators and other local collaborators.
Raab has been the foreign minister since Boris Johnson took office in July 2019. Before that, he was the minister of Brexit in Theresa May’s office for several months.
Education Minister Gavin Williamson, Justice Robert Buckland, and Construction and Community Robert Jenrick lost their posts in Johnson’s government reconstruction.
“We know that the public cares about our priorities, so the prime minister wants to make sure we have the right team for it,” Boris Johnson’s spokesman said on Wednesday.
Johnson said that tackling inequalities between regions in the country remained a priority for his government. He also noted that the COVID-19 pandemic overshadowed the actions of his administration related to the election promises he made in 2019. In the last parliamentary elections, the Conservative Party received the highest support since Margaret Thatcher.
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