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May makes first Cabinet appointment

Published:Thursday | July 14, 2016 | 12:03 AM
New British Prime Minister Theresa May and her husband, Philip, wave from the steps of 10 Downing Street in London yesterday.


Newly appointed British Prime Minister Theresa May has begun assembling her new government, appointing Philip Hammond as Treasury chief.

Hammond, the former foreign secretary, replaces George Osborne, who had held the job for six years. Osborne has resigned from the government.

May is expected to shuffle several top jobs and appoint a new "Brexit minister" in charge of negotiating Britain's exit from the European Union.

Leading anti-EU campaigner Boris Johnson was among politicians seen entering 10 Downing St soon after May took over.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has thanked departing British Prime Minister David Cameron in a valedictory message and congratulated his successor Theresa May.

A Kremlin statement yesterday said Putin thanked Cameron for cooperation and quoted him as saying "I hope that your rich political experience will be in demand in the future, both in the United Kingdom and in the international community."

To May, who succeeded Cameron, Putin "stressed the conviction that the preservation and augmentation of the significant potential of Russian-British cooperation in various fields that has been accumulated for a long time is in the fundamental interests of the two countries."

Israel's prime minister says he has sent his congratulations to Britain's new leader Theresa May.

A statement from Benjamin Netanyahu's office yesterday said he sent a letter to May with his well-wishes.

The statement also said Netanyahu spoke to former Prime Minister David Cameron. He thanked him for "standing beside Israel, the good relations and the strengthening of ties" during his leadership.

European Union officials are congratulating new British Prime Minister saying that Britain and Brussels will have to move soon to address the consequences of the country's vote to leave the bloc.

Jean-Claude Juncker, the head of the EU's executive Commission, wished May "every success in the task ahead".

He wrote to May yesterday: "The outcome of the United Kingdom's referendum has created a new situation which the United Kingdom and the European Union will have to address soon. I look forward to working closely with you on this and to learn about your intentions in this regard."

Martin Schulz, the European Parliament's president, wrote on Twitter: "Leadership issue settled, now I expect we work quickly to deliver certainty."