In an unexpected move on Monday, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak appointed his predecessor, David Cameron, as the new foreign minister, following the surprise dismissal of interior minister Suella Braverman in a Conservative party shake-up.
Cameron, who served as prime minister from 2010 to 2016, made the announcement on social media platform X (formerly known as Twitter), stating that given the global challenges such as the “war in Ukraine and the crisis in the Middle East,” it is crucial for the country to stand by its allies and strengthen partnerships.
While Cameron’s appointment surprised many, as it is uncommon for a non-lawmaker to assume a senior government position, it marks the first time in decades that a former prime minister has taken on a Cabinet role.
Sunak’s decision to bring in Cameron comes amid scrutiny of Braverman, who, as home secretary responsible for law enforcement, faced criticism for suggesting leniency towards pro-Palestinian protesters compared to right-wing protesters. James Cleverly, the former foreign secretary, replaced Braverman.
According to Reuters, this move is part of a broader reshuffle within the Conservative Party aimed at consolidating support, especially from more centrist lawmakers, as the party prepares for an expected election next year.