Pakistani origin MP Sajid Javed gets a key post in new British Cabinet

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Pakistani origin MP Sajid Javed gets a key post in new British Cabinet

LONDON: Pakistani origin MP Sajid Javed gets a key post in new British Cabinet.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson named former interior minister Sajid Javid to take over from Philip Hammond as finance minister in his first cabinet appointment, the government said in a statement on Wednesday.

"Deeply honoured to be appointed Chancellor by PM @BorisJohnson. Looking forward to working with @hmtreasury to prepare for leaving the EU, unifying our country and priming our economy for the incredible opportunities that lie ahead," Javid said in a tweet. link link

A former banker from a modest background, Javid was a contender for the premiership but endorsed Johnson when he failed to get enough support from fellow Conservative MPs.

49-year-old Javid was appointed as Britain's interior minister last year. The son of a Pakistani immigrant bus driver, Javid is known as the face of a modern, multicultural and meritocratic Britain.