When British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was identified with Covid-19 in late March, Downing Street’s 10th Office said Foreign Minister Dominic Raab would be the “replacement” for Mr. Johnson “where necessary.”
Few people then thought that Mr. Johnson would need a replacement to run the government because during his isolation, he and his office repeatedly asserted that his symptoms were relatively mild and he can still handle the job.
However, by the evening of 6/6, when Mr. Johnson had to be transferred to an intensive care room at a hospital in London due to the deteriorating Covid-19 symptoms, Mr. Raab will temporarily replace the Executive Prime Minister. Some government jobs are almost certain.
“The designated survivor”
On March 23, before Prime Minister Johnson was identified with Covid-19, the Office of the British Prime Minister announced that British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab was appointed as a replacement in a situation where Prime Minister Boris Johnson could not lead.
Raab was chosen as a “designated survivor” amid the rapidly rising number of Covid-19 cases in the UK. At that time, Mr. Raab had two negative tests with Covid-19.
However, this decision also caused much controversy in the political world in England. “If Boris Johnson is unable to take over the job, a lot of people think that Cabinet Secretary Michael Gove will be the temporary executive, not Mr. Raab,” an unnamed official in the British government said.
“Replace where needed”
In a statement released yesterday confirming that Prime Minister Johnson was transferred to the intensive care unit, Office 10 Downing said: “The Prime Minister asked Secretary of State and First Secretary of State Dominic Raab to replace him. job duties where necessary. ” However, the statement did not specify what powers the Prime Minister Raab could assume.
For his part, Raab said: “In this situation, the Prime Minister asked me as the First Secretary of State to act on his behalf where necessary to implement government plans in response. translating Covid-19 ”. Earlier, as soon as Mr. Johnson was hospitalized, Secretary of State Raab took his place in chairing a government press conference and updated information on the health of the head of government.
Only “replacement where necessary” means that Mr. Raab may not have fully taken over the role of the Prime Minister. Dr. Catherine Haddon, a senior member of the British Government Institute, said that besides Raab, a number of other ministers in the British cabinet may also be given part of the administration work related to the issue. National security. According to Haddon, the monitoring of British intelligence agencies could become a joint responsibility of cabinet ministers.
From lawyer to politician
Dominic Raab was born in 1974 into an immigrant family whose father is of Czech descent. He grew up in Buckinghamshire, England and later graduated in law from two prestigious British universities, Oxford and Cambridge.
He worked for an international law firm in London before joining the British Foreign Office in 2000 as an advisor. During this period, he made many advancements in politics and officially joined the British parliament in 2010.
Mr. Raab is one of the politicians who received much attention in the process of withdrawing Britain from the European Union (Brexit). He was Brexit Minister under former Prime Minister Theresa May, but resigned in November 2018 after 3 months in charge of the task due to disagree with May’s Brexit plan because that agreement made Britain cede. set too much.
Raab was also a rival to Mr. Johnson in a race to become ruling Conservative party leader and prime minister after May resigned in July last year. After Mr. Johnson was elected prime minister, Mr. Raab was elected as a Secretary of State and First Secretary of State – a position that showed that he had higher authority than other ministers except the Prime Minister.
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