In shake-up of UK Cab­i­net, Trea­sury chief re­signs post

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LON­DON — Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter Boris John­son tight­ened his grip on the gov­ern­ment Thurs­day with a Cab­i­net shake-up that trig­gered the un­ex­pected res­ig­na­tion of his Trea­sury chief, the sec­ond-most pow­er­ful fig­ure in the ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Sa­jid Javid’s res­ig­na­tion was the most dra­matic mo­ment in a shuf­fle that saw John­son fire a hand­ful of Cab­i­net mem­bers he viewed as un­der­per­form­ing or un­trust­wor­thy, and pro­mote loyal law­mak­ers.

Speak­ing later, Javid said John­son had asked him to fire all his aides and re­place them with staff ap­proved by the prime min­is­ter’s of­fice.

“I don’t be­lieve any selfrespec­ting min­is­ter would ac­cept such con­di­tions,” Javid said.

John­son quickly re­placed him with Rishi Su­nak, who had pre­vi­ously been a Javid deputy.

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