New UK Prime Minister Liz Truss starts rearranging the cabinet and names Kwasi Kwarteng, a Chancellor with Ghanaian roots.
After receiving a formal request from the Queen to form a new government, Liz Truss has started selecting her cabinet.
Details about the members of Ms. Truss‘ new cabinet started to surface soon after she gave her maiden address as prime minister.
Liz Truss was accused of creating a “cabinet of cronies” when she gave important cabinet positions to her political allies.
According to The Independent, the new prime minister appointed Therese Coffey as deputy prime minister and health secretary, James Cleverly as foreign secretary, Therese Braverman as home secretary, and Kwasi Kwarteng as chancellor.
While starting to create a cabinet of close political loyalists, she expelled government supporters of her competitor for the leadership, Rishi Sunak.
Soon after Ms. Truss made her first appearance as prime minister, prominent members of Boris Johnson’s cabinet, including Dominic Raab, Grant Shapps, and Steve Barclay, all announced they were leaving the cabinet and returning to the opposition benches.
In an interview with The Independent, a former special adviser to a minister in Mr. Johnson’s cabinet expressed his concern that the new prime minister was assembling a “cabinet of cronies.”
In her maiden speech as prime minister, Ms. Truss reportedly pledged to “tackle the issues holding Britain back” and said that getting Britain functioning, dealing head-on with the energy crisis, and “putting our health service on a strong basis” were her top objectives.
The four most prominent supporters of Mr. Sunak in the Cabinet, Grant Shapps, Steve Barclay, and George Eustice, have all been fired.
Ms Truss is appointing the remainder of her Cabinet this evening.