Raab, who has been widely criticized for his handling of the UK’s withdrawal from Afghanistan, was also appointed Lord Chancellor in the top reshuffle of the Johnson government.
The former foreign minister was on vacation in Greece as the Taliban took control of Afghanistan. He faced requests to resign after it emerged that shortly before the fall of Kabul he had asked a member of parliament to handle an urgent appeal with the Afghan foreign minister regarding the evacuation of interpreters who had worked with the British armed forces. The call never took place.
Raab said he did not consider his position, but admitted that “in hindsight” he would not have gone on vacation as the Taliban advanced on Kabul.
He also refuted claims he was seen relaxing on the beach on the day the Afghan capital fell.
“The stuff about me paddleboarding, nonsense, the sea was actually closed,” Raab told Sky News.
Liz Truss will replace Raab as Foreign Minister and will also remain Minister for Women and Equalities.
Other key steps include the impeachment of Education Secretary Gavin Williamson, who has come under fire for his handling of the education record since taking office in July 2019.
Last week he appeared to confuse two black British sports stars, telling an interviewer he spoke to Manchester United football player Marcus Rashford – who campaigned for free school meals for children in need during the pandemic – when in fact he had met with rugby player Maro Itoje.
Williamson later said he made a “real mistake” in mixing the two sportsmen, according to a statement reported by the BBC, the British public broadcaster.
In May 2019, Williamson was fired from his previous post as Secretary of Defense due to a key decision related to Chinese telecommunications company Huawei leaked at a meeting of the UK’s National Security Council.
Williamson confirmed his departure in a tweet.
“It is a privilege to hold the post of Secretary of Education since 2019,” he wrote.
“Despite the challenges of the global pandemic, I am especially proud of the transformational reforms I have carried out in Post 16 education: in higher education institutions, our skills program, apprenticeships and more.”
Williamson has been replaced as Education Secretary by Nadhim Zahawi, former Minister of Vaccines, Downing Street confirmed in a tweet.
Robert Jenrick also lost his post as Minister of Housing, Communities and Local Government. He was replaced by Michael Gove, who, along with Johnson, led the pro-Brexit campaign in 2016 and held various ministerial positions, most recently as Minister of the Cabinet Office.
Robert Buckland has resigned his post as justice secretary to make way for Raab.