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UK interior minister Braverman sacked

UK interior minister Braverman sacked

…As ex-Prime Minister David Cameron returns to UK government as foreign secretary

Suella Braverman, United Kingdom’s (UK) Interior Minister, a 43-year-old lawyer, was fired by British leader Rishi Sunak on Monday as part of a team reorganisation ahead of the anticipated general election in 2024.

Sunak had come under growing pressure to axe Braverman, an outspoken right-winger after critics accused her of heightening tensions during weeks of contentious pro-Palestinian demonstrations and counter-protests in Britain.

James Cleverly, a former foreign secretary, took her position as Home Secretary.

After she was fired, Braverman stated “It has been the greatest privilege of my life to serve as home secretary”.

“I will have more to say in due course,” she added.

The dismissal occurs as the ruling Conservatives have announced that Sunak is leading his first significant cabinet reorganisation since taking office on October 25, 2022.

Read also: I have been elected to fix mistakes – Rishi Sunak

The party posted on X, formerly Twitter, saying, “Here we go.”

“Today, @RishiSunak strengthens his team in government to deliver long-term decisions for a brighter future. Stay tuned for the latest.”

In the significant reorganisation of the Conservative administration that included her dismissal, former British Prime Minister David Cameron unexpectedly returned to high office on Monday, taking up the role of foreign secretary.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak appointed Cameron, the leader of the government from 2010 to 2016, during the cabinet reshuffle.

Cameron will be appointed to the House of Lords, the unelected upper house of Parliament, according to the government. In the 1980s, Peter Carrington, a member of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s administration, was the last foreign secretary to hold the position in the Lords as opposed to the elected House of Commons.