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Liz Truss And Nadhim Zahawi Awarded Top Cabinet Posts

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Liz Truss has been appointed as the new Foreign Secretary while Nadhim Zahawi will take over the education brief.

Boris Johnson appointed Truss, who has been overseeing the UK's post-Brexit trade deals, to replace Dominic Raab as part of a major Cabinet reshuffle on Wednesday. 

Energy Minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan will replace Truss as International Trade Secretary. 

Zahawi will be moved from his current role as Vaccines Minister to head up the Department for Education. 

The new Education Secretary had been widely tipped for a promotion following the success of the UK's Covid-19 vaccine rollout, which he has overseen since November 2020.

Zahawi worked at DfE as a Minister for Children and Families when Theresa May was Prime Minister.

Raab, whose position came under pressure over his handling of the Afghanistan withdrawal, has been made Justice Secretary. 

Truss will retain her role as minister for women and equalities in her new post having been appointed to the position in September 2019.

The former Remain supporter has proved popular with grassroot Tory members, frequently topping polls as the most liked cabinet minister.

She becomes only the second female MP to be appointed as Foreign Secretary following Labour's Margaret Beckett who was given the job in 2006.

Truss had previously served as Chief Secretary to the Treasury under Theresa May before being appointed as International Trade Secretary under Boris Johnson to lead on striking new post-Brexit trade deals.

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