Former British premier British premier David Cameron made a shock return to high office on Monday, becoming foreign secretary in a major shakeup of Prime Minister Rishi Sunak's Conservative government that also saw the firing of home secretary Suella Braverman.
Cameron, the United Kingdom's head of government from 2010 and 2016, was appointed by Sunak in a Cabinet shuffle in which he sacked Braverman, a divisive figure who drew anger for accusing police of being too lenient with pro-Palestinian protesters.
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She was replaced by James Cleverly, who had been foreign secretary.
Cameron's appointment came as a surprise to seasoned politics-watchers. It's rare for a non-lawmaker to take a senior government post, and it has been decades since a former prime minister held a Cabinet job.
Cameron said Britain was "facing a daunting set of international challenges, including the war in Ukraine and the crisis in the Middle East."
"While I have been out of frontline politics for the last seven years, I hope that my experience — as Conservative leader for 11 years and prime minister for six — will assist me in helping the prime minister to meet these vital challenges," he said in a statement.
His appointment brings back to government a leader brought down by the UK's decision to leave the European Union. Cameron called the 2016 EU membership referendum, confident the West European country would vote to stay in the bloc. He resigned the day after voters opted to leave.
Sunak was a strong backer of the winning "leave" side in the referendum. Cameron's return, and Braverman's sacking, are likely to infuriate the Conservative Party's right wing and inflame tensions in the party that Sunak has sought to soothe.
Sunak had been under growing pressure to fire Braverman — a hardliner popular with her party's authoritarian wing — from one of the most senior jobs in government, responsible for handling immigration and policing.
Last week, Braverman wrote an article for the Times of London in which she said police "play favorites when it comes to protesters".
The article was not approved in advance by the prime minister's office, as would usually be the case.