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Rishi Sunak, Priti Patel Retain Top Jobs As UK PM Boris Johnson Shuffles Cabinet

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Rishi Sunak is the son-in-law of Infosys co-founder Narayana Murthy (File)

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday undertook a reshuffle of his prime crew, retaining two of his senior Indian-origin Cabinet ministers Rishi Sunak and Priti Patel of their posts.

Mr Sunak will stay subsequent door to Johnson at Downing Avenue as his Chancellor of the Exchequer and Patel, who had been on the centre of some hypothesis of being moved, stays in her submit as Dwelling Secretary.

Mr Sunak, the son-in-law of Infosys co-founder Narayana Murthy, has been in his submit since February final yr and has led the UK’s monetary response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ms Patel, whose mother and father are of Gujarati-Ugandan descent, has been the Dwelling Secretary since July 2019.

Nonetheless, among the many senior ministers being shuffled round embody International Secretary Dominic Raab, who accepted a demotion to take cost as the brand new Justice Secretary, alongside his different roles of Lord Chancellor and Deputy Prime Minister.

Raab, who got here underneath fireplace in latest weeks over his dealing with of the aftermath of the autumn of Afghanistan to the Taliban and the evacuation efforts from Kabul, had been on the centre of hypothesis about his future as the pinnacle of the International, Commonwealth and Improvement Workplace (FCDO) – one of many top-most Cabinet posts within the British authorities.

He has been changed by Liz Truss, promoted from her function of Worldwide Commerce Secretary. Earlier this week, she concluded the most recent spherical of commerce talks with Commerce and Trade Minister Piyush Goyal.

Raab, in the meantime, will as a substitute step into the submit beforehand held by Robert Buckland, who was amongst three main sackings from the Cabinet, together with Training Secretary Gavin Williamson and Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick.

Earlier, Downing Avenue mentioned Prime Minister Johnson could be reshuffling his prime crew to “put in place a powerful and united crew to construct again higher from the pandemic”.

The method was launched quickly after the weekly Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs) session within the Home of Commons, with information of the sackings coming in first adopted by contemporary appointments of shuffled ministers.

Johnson is anticipated to finish the reshuffle of his Cabinet on Wednesday, with adjustments to decrease ministerial ranks to be finalised on Thursday.

Gavin Williamson was broadly anticipated to be sacked after intense criticism over his dealing with of disruption to varsities and exams through the pandemic.

He confirmed that he had left the function in a tweet, saying: “It has been a privilege to function training secretary since 2019.

“Regardless of the challenges of the worldwide pandemic, I am notably happy with the transformational reforms I’ve led in Put up 16 training: in additional training schools, our Abilities agenda, apprenticeships and extra.”

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