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British PM replaces Sajid Javid, other cabinet members

LONDON British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, carrying out a minor cabinet reshuffle two months after his Conservative Party won the general elections, replaced a number of secretaries and their aides.

The new appointments involved, inter alia, the Exchequer and the departments of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy; Digital, Culture, Media and Sport; and International Development, according to a 10 Downing Street statement.

Rishi Sunak replaced Sajid Javid as Chancellor of the Exchequer; the latter quitted his post after rejecting Johnson’s order to fire his team.

George Eustice, was appointed as Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Alok Sharma was named as Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy; he will also be Minister for COP26.

Anne Marie Trevelyan was appointed as Secretary of State for International Development.

Oliver Dowden CBE MP was approved as Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, while Suella Braverman was named as Attorney General.

Brandon Lewis CBE MP was named as Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, while Stephen Barclay will serve as Chief Secretary to the Treasury.

The Prime Minister was expected to carry out the cabinet reshuffle soon after the start of the Brexit process on January 31 in preparation for the negotiations with the European Union on the a free trade agreement, due to start in early March. (pickup previous) mrn.gb

Source: Kuwait News Agency