In the UK, an unexpected cabinet reshuffle by Prime Minister Boris Johnson saw one of the major ministers and his ally – Sajid Javid – resign after he refused to accept to dismiss his adviser on Johnson’s order.
The new Chancellor of the Exchequer now is Rishi Sunak, one of the MPs who supported Johnson for Prime Minister and a former assistant to Sajid Javid.
“Delighted to be appointed, lots to get on with, thank you very much,” Rishi Sunak remarked.
Another minister who lost her post is Julian Smith who was responsible for Northern Ireland. Geoffrey Cox was removed as Attorney General, and three female ministers: Andrea Leadsom as Trade Secretary, Ester McVey who was Housing Secretary and Environment Secretary Theresa Villiers.
Boris Johnson was reported to have favoured new faces in the cabinet and at the same time wanted to reward those who assisted in his election win last December.
Michael Gove, a major minister in Johnson’s cabinet, retained his post, as did Liz Truss as Secretary of State and International Trade and with added responsibility for equal rights. Priti Patel remains as Interior Secretary and Dominic Raab as Foreign Secretary.