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New British PM, Liz Truss, makes history. appoints four cabinet members with African roots

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Newly elected British Prime Minister, Liz Truss, has received praises from the African continent with her cabinet selection by appointing, for the first time, four cabinet with African roots to man UK’s key ministerial positions.

Truss, on Tuesday, selected a cabinet where, for the first time, a white man will not hold one of the country’s four key as she appointed British-Nigerian Member of Parliament, Kemi Badenoch, as Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade.

British-Ghanaian MP, Kwasi Kwarteng, whose parents migrated to the UK from Ghana in the 1960s, was named as Britain’s first Black Finance Minister while James Cleverly of Sierra Leone descent was appointed UK’s first black foreign minister.

Cleverly’s mother hails from the Sierra Leone and while his father is caucasian and has several times in the past, described himself as an African.

Truss also appointed British-Kenyan, Suella Braverman, whose parents moved to the UK six decades ago, the Home Secretary, or the Interior Minister to succeed Priti Patel who resigned shortly after Truss was named as Prime Minister.

Bravernan will also be in charge of the UK Police and Immigration Services.

This is the first time the British parliament will have four cabinet members who have African roots as as the Conservative Party continues to chart a new course in diversity.

According to political analysts, the move by Truss is an indication that the new PM believes in diversity and her resolve to put forward a more varied set of candidates for parliament.

Before the recent appointments, only one African-born MP, Paul Boateng, originally from Ghana, was appointed Chief Secretary to the Treasury.

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Video: Iranian women protest in black of death of Mahsa Amini

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In this video, Iranian women dressed in black clothes hit the street in protest in the town of Saqes, Iran the hometown of Mahsa Amini who died in police custody after being arrested for wearing an “inappropriate attire”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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South Africa’s president, Cyril Ramaphosa, wife, get royal invite to visit Britain

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Preside Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa is set to make a state visit to Britain in his first visit to the United Kingdom since King Charles became the constitutional monarch.

The Buckingham Palace said on Monday that President Ramaphosa and his wife, Tshepo Motsepe, have accepted an invitation from the new British monarch for the Nov. 22-24 state visit.

President Ramaphosa’s visit will be in line with former South African presidents, Nelson Mandela, Thabo Mbeki, and Jacob Zuma all made state visits to Britain.

Camridge scholars, Henshaw, and Peter James argued in a study that Britain and South Africa continued to be bound closely together both by common interests and by mutually advantageous bargains founded on Britain’s indispensibility as a market, a source of goods, technology, and capital, and as a military ally.

Britain is South Africa’s fourth-biggest export market. In 2021, Britain exported 4 billion pounds ($4.5 billion) of goods and services to South Africa.

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