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Britain’s new Prime Minister forms cabinet

Theresa May devoted most of her first hours as Britain’s Prime Minister on Wednesday to naming the key members of the team that will have the task of implementing voters’ decision to leave the European Union. She appointed Former Mayor of London Boris Johnson as the country’s new Foreign Secretary.

Until now a back-bencher, the promotion will cascade Johnson onto the world stage. Johnson served as Mayor of London from 2008 until this year when he was replaced by Sadiq Khan. He was elected last year as MP for Uxbridge and South Ruislip, but had served previously as an MP from 2001, resigning in 2008 when he became Mayor of London.

May has also created a new cabinet job, Secretary of State for Brexit, likely to be called the Brexit Secretary, tasked with steering Britain out of Europe following last month’s referendum vote.

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