May keeps top cabinet ministers

British Prime Minister makes no change to her top ministers, leaves finance minister and foreign secretary in their respective positions.

Elad Benari, Canada,

Theresa May
Theresa May
Reuters

British Prime Minister Theresa May has made no change to her top ministers, her office said on Friday, according to Reuters.

This means that finance minister Philip Hammond and foreign secretary Boris Johnson will remain in their posts.

Interior minister Amber Rudd, defense secretary Michael Fallon and Brexit minister David Davis will also keep their positions, Downing Street said.

"No further appointments will be made this evening," May's office said, according to Reuters.

The announcement follows the Conservative Party's weak performance in Thursday's national election, in which it won a total of 318 seats – not enough for an outright majority, but enough to enable May to form a coalition government with another right-of-center party.

Before the election there had been widespread speculation in the British media that May would replace Hammond if she won a large majority.

Earlier on Friday, May insisted that she would not be stepping down as Prime Minister despite the poor showing.

"At this time more than anything else, this country needs a period of stability,” said May.

"And if, as the indications have shown and if this is correct that the Conservative Party has won the most seats and probably the most votes, then it will be incumbent on us to ensure we have that period of stability - and that is exactly what we will do."

(Arutz Sheva’s North American desk is keeping you updated until the start of Shabbat in New York. The time posted automatically on all Arutz Sheva articles, however, is Israeli time.)




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