In a surprising political comeback, former UK Prime Minister David Cameron has been appointed as the Foreign Secretary as part of Prime Minister Rishi Sunak's significant reshuffle of his top team, NDTV reported. This move comes ahead of an expected general election next year.
Cameron replaces James Cleverly, who has now assumed the pivotal role of interior minister, after Sunak removed right-wing figure Suella Braverman amid accusations of escalating tensions during pro-Palestinian demonstrations and counter-protests in Britain. Braverman's dismissal follows her controversial newspaper article accusing the police of bias towards left-wing causes.
Cameron, who resigned as prime minister in 2016 after the Brexit referendum, will be elevated to the House of Lords as a life peer, allowing him to participate in the government. Despite facing scandal in 2021 for lobbying on behalf of Greensill Capital, Cameron expressed that he "gladly accepted" the role, citing the daunting international challenges faced by Britain.
The unexpected return of 57-year-old Cameron is seen as a strategic move by Sunak, who aims to strengthen his government team for the upcoming election. The Conservative Party, in power for nearly 14 years, is looking to make long-term decisions for a brighter future as it faces challenges in popularity against the main Labour opposition. Cameron's return is perceived as a bid to enhance the party's appeal, although polling data suggests he may face challenges in winning public favor.
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