William Hague steps down as UK foreign minister

July 15, 2014 - 3:46:29 am

LONDON: British Foreign Secretary William Hague said yesterday that he was stepping down from his post as the country’s top diplomat after four years in the job as part of Prime Minister David Cameron’s biggest reshuffle since he was elected in 2010.

“Tonight I am standing down as Foreign Secretary after 4 years to serve as Leader of the House of Commons,” Hague wrote on his official Twitter account. Hague’s new role will see him coordinating the government’s business in the lower house of Britain’s parliament.

Cameron, the leader of the Conservative party, is carrying out what is expected to be a final reshuffle of top government jobs before a national election next May and is likely to announce a raft of new appointments today.

Local media said Philip Hammond, the current defence secretary, would replace Hague as Foreign Secretary. Reuters

 

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