British Prime Minister Boris Johnson downgraded Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab to Minister of Justice and Deputy Prime Minister on Wednesday as part of a cabinet reshuffle, seen by some as an attempt to refocus on reconstruction still blocked by COVID-19 Affected economy.
Liz Truss is expected to succeed him and leave the post of Secretary of State for International Trade.
Several other cabinet members left or were reassigned.
Johnson also stated that Attorney General Robert Buckland, Housing Secretary Robert Janrick and Education Secretary Gavin Williamson no longer hold their positions.
Johnson’s commitment to addressing regional inequality brought him to power in 2019 with the largest Conservative majority since Margaret Thatcher.
COVID-19 has disrupted this agenda.
“We know that the public also wants us to achieve their priorities, which is why the Prime Minister wants to make sure we have the right team for this,” Johnson’s spokesperson told reporters.
Many Conservative MPs said that these measures were too late, and an anonymous source told Reuters that the cabinet was “shockedly wrapped in barnacles”.
With the Taliban taking over Afghanistan, Raab has recently been severely criticized for staying on holiday in Greece.
Some of the information in this report comes from the Associated Press and Reuters.