World reacts to new UK Foreign Secretary

May at 10 Downing St

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We know that with her considerable experience and expertise, she is ideally placed to lead the country through the challenging times ahead in negotiating our exit from the European Union whilst keeping our United Kingdom together.

The BBC said Pavek Telick, Czech vice chairman of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe in the European parliament, wryly welcomed a clear sign that those accusing Mrs May of having no sense of humour were mistaken.

Newly appointed Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson waves as he leaves 10 Downing Street in central London on July 13, 2016 after new British Prime Minister Theresa May took office.

Schaeuble spoke after meeting U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, who said he will meet new British counterpart Philip Hammond in London later Thursday. Johnson had hoped to become British prime minister but saw his dream fade amid Conservative Party plotting after last month's vote.

But Mr. Johnson's leadership bid floundered and he backed Ms. May's rival in the race, Andrea Leadsom, who had also been active in the Vote Leave campaign.

She becomes the second most senior woman in the government and Ms May will today announce a series of appointments of other female MPs to top jobs.

Shadow leader of the Commons Paul Flynn questioned whether the man who described Barack Obama as "part-Kenyan" and Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan as a "wankerer" and had to apologise to the people of Papua New Guinea for associating them with cannibalism possessed the "qualities of diplomacy and truthfulness" required in the role of Britain's main ambassador to the world.

On Wednesday, Mr. Johnson took a diplomatic tone.

"At this incredibly important time that will determine Britain's economic and cultural relations with Europe, it is extraordinary that the new prime minister has chosen someone whose career is built on making jokes", Farron said.

Tonight, State Department spokesman Mark Toner tried valiantly to keep a straight face and failed to keep a straight face when confronted with the news Boris had been made Foreign Secretary.

Johnson was one of the highest-profile politicians in the "Leave" camp during the European Union referendum. It features a goat, and that's all we're going to say about that.

Amber Rudd, who had only been in the Cabinet for just over a year as Energy Secretary, gained an eye-catching promotion to Home Secretary, the post previously held by Ms May. Many were quick to point out the numerous colonial crimes of the British empire, the largest criminal conspiracy the world has ever seen.

It was believed that Jeremy Hunt had been sacked from his post but he is now confirmed to be staying on as health secretary.

Despite constant speculation, Johnson had always batted away rumours about his political ambitions, once saying that his chances of being prime minister were on a par with "my being reincarnated as an olive".

The job of foreign secretary is the first in government for Johnson, whose tenure as London mayor from 2008 until May this year included overseeing the 2012 Olympic Games. Mr. Osborne appointed Mr. Carney and agreed to the Canadian's request for a five-year term instead of eight.

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