UK Foreign Minister William Hague resigns in surprise move
Monday, July 14, 2014 - 01:20
British Foreign Minister William Hague steps down from his post as the country's top diplomat after four years in the job in an unexpected move prompted by a government reshuffle. Vanessa Johnston reports.
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British Foreign Minister William Hague is stepping down from his post as the country's top diplomat after four years.
The surprise move was announced on Twitter.
He will now serve as the Leader of the House of Commons.
This was Hague earlier on Monday, delivering a statement on Gaza to MP's in the Lower House of Commons.
(SOUNDBITE) WILLIAM HAGUE, SAYING:
"Despite intense efforts by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, talks between the Israelis and Palestinians broke down at the end of April and are currently paused. Since then there have been several horrific incidents, including the kidnap and murder of three Israeli teenagers. We utterly condemn these barbaric crimes. There can never be any justification for the deliberate murder of innocent civilians."
Hague's resignation comes as Prime Minister David Cameron carries out a reshuffle of top cabinet jobs -- before a national election next May.
He is expected to announce a raft of new appointments on Tuesday.
Local media is predicting that Hague will be replaced by the current Defence Minister, Philip Hammond.
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