UK appoints Pakistani-origin Sajid Javid as new home secretary

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LONDON: Pakistani-origin cabinet member Sajid Javid has been appointed as the new home secretary of the United Kingdom by British Prime Minister Theresa May.

Britain’s interior minister, Amber Rudd, had earlier resigned after the government struggled to contain the fallout over the way it had treated some long-term Caribbean immigrants who have wrongly been labelled illegal immigrants.

Javid, a Member of Parliament for Bromsgrove, was the secretary of state for housing, communities and local government.

The announcement was made in a tweet from the PM Office.

Rudd’s resignation was followed by speculations over who would replace her and rumours were adrift that Javid would be considered due to his immigrant background.