Dominic Raab removed as UK foreign secretary in Johnson cabinet reshuffle

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Raab, who was widely criticized for his handling of Britain’s withdrawal from Afghanistan, was also named Lord Chancellor in a reshuffle at the top of the Johnson government.

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The former foreign secretary was on leave in Greece as the Taliban took control of Afghanistan. He faced demands for his resignation when it emerged that shortly before the fall of Kabul, he had appointed a deputy to the Afghan Foreign Minister to handle an urgent call regarding the evacuation of interpreters working with the British Armed Forces. asked for. The call never happened.

Raab said he was not considering his position, but acknowledged that “with the benefit of a retrospective” he would not have gone on leave as the Taliban advanced on Kabul.


He also denied claims that he was seen resting on the beach the day the Afghan capital fell.

“The stuff about me paddleboarding, crap, the sea was really off,” Raab told Sky News.

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Liz Truss will replace Raab as foreign secretary, and will continue to be minister of women and equality.

Other major moves include the removal of Education Secretary Gavin Williamson, who has drawn criticism for his handling of education since taking office in July 2019.

Last week he appeared to confuse two black British sports stars, telling an interviewer he had spoken to Manchester United football player Marcus Rashford – who was campaigning for free school meals for children in need during the pandemic – When in fact he met with rugby player Maro Etoje.

Williamson later said he had made a “genuine mistake” in mixing up the two players, according to a statement reported by Britain’s public broadcaster BBC.

In May 2019, Williamson was fired from his previous role as Defense Secretary over the leak of a key decision concerning Chinese telecommunications company Huawei from a UK National Security Council meeting.

Williamson confirmed his departure in a tweet.

He wrote, “It is a privilege to be working as the Education Secretary from 2019 onwards.”

“Despite the challenges of the global pandemic, I am particularly proud of the transformational reforms in post-16 education: in further education colleges, our skills agenda, apprenticeships and more.”

Williamson has been replaced as Education Secretary, Nadim Zhawi, formerly the Minister of Vaccines, Downing Street confirmed in a tweet.

Robert Jenrick also lost his role as Minister for Housing, Communities and Local Government. He has been replaced by Michael Gove, who along with Johnson led the pro-Brexit campaign in 2016 and held a variety of ministerial roles, most recently as a Cabinet Office minister.

Robert Buckland stepped down as Secretary of Justice to make way for Raab.


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