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Former British prime minister David Cameron named foreign minister

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announced on Monday that former British Prime Minister David Cameron will become the country's foreign minister. He will also become a member of parliament's upper chamber, the House of Lords. In a big surprise, Cameron is returning to government.

Published November 13,2023
David Cameron, the former British prime minister, will be the country's new foreign minister, the office of Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said on Monday.

Cameron is also to be appointed to the British House of Lords, parliament's upper chamber.

His return to government is a big surprise.

Cameron was prime minister from 2010 to 2016 and served as the leader of the Conservative Party from 2005 to 2016.

He resigned following a referendum on whether the United Kingdom should leave the European Union was approved in 2016. Cameron came under strong criticism for pushing the referendum through.

Earlier Monday, Suella Braverman was sacked as home secretary following an unauthorized article she wrote criticizing the policing of pro-Palestinian protests, Britain's Press Association (PA) reported.

She was replaced by James Cleverly, who had been foreign secretary.

The Conservative Party said Sunak is carrying out a wider reshuffle which "strengthens his team in government to deliver long-term decisions for a brighter future," PA reported.

The reshuffle had been expected for some time, as Sunak is facing miserable poll ratings, with a general election due next year.