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Boris Johnson tightens grip in surprisingly bloody Cabinet reshuffle

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson during his first Cabinet meeting following a reshuffle the day before, at Downing Street in London, on Feb 14, 2020.PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson started this week with plans for a modest reshuffle of his Cabinet. But he ends the week facing a major political earthquake: the unexpected resignation of Finance Minister Sajid Javid, the Cabinet's most important minister.

In the short term, the surprising loss of Mr Javid will not dent Prime Minister Johnson's hold on power. Still, this reshuffle, which turned out to be bloodier than initially anticipated, may mark British politics for years to come.

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