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Afghan chaos costs Raab UK foreign secretary job

Rishi Sunak, Priti Patel stay put in Johnson's cabinet rejig

- REUTERS

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson shifted his foreign secretary on Wednesday in a major reshuffle, removing his more under-fire colleagues to refocus the government on raising living standards after Covid-19. He kept two of his senior Indian-origin Cabinet ministers Rishi Sunak, chancellor of the exchequer, and Priti Patel, home secretary, in their posts.

After months of criticism of several of his top team for missteps and gaffes, Johnson finally started a process some say he wanted to do many weeks earlier, to make the changes he feels he needs to press on with his “levelling up” agenda.

“We know the public also want us to deliver on their priorities, and that's why the prime minister wants to ensure we have the right team in place for that,” Johnson’s spokesman told reporters.

A source in Johnson’s office said the British PM would be appointing ministers “with a focus on uniting and levelling up the whole country”.

Dominic Raab, who has faced calls to resign since he went on holiday in Crete as the Taliban advanced on the Afghan capital, Kabul, lost one of the so-called great offices of state in the foreign office to become justice minister. To soften the blow, Raab was also appointed deputy PM, a role he played in all but name when he stepped in to lead government when Johnson was fighting for his life with Covid.

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Liz Truss (left) — promoted from her role of Internatio­nal Trade Secretary — will replace Dominic Raab

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