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Rishi Sunak sacks UK minister Suella Braverman over her Palestine remarks

London, Nov 13, 2023: British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak sacked his Interior Minister, Suella Braverman, on Monday over her remarks on Palestine. The action against one of the UK’s most senior ministers, Braverman, follows a days-long controversy over her comments about the police’s handling of a pro-Palestinian march.


Suella Braverman

According to sources quoted by news agency Reuters, Sunak asked Suella Braverman to leave the government, and she accepted the direction.

In a statement on her removal, Braverman said, "It has been the greatest privilege of my life to serve as home secretary. I will have more to say in due course".

Braveman faced severe criticism after suggesting that officers "play favourites" when policing protests and claimed they largely ignored "pro-Palestinian mobs". She also published an article, without Sunak’s approval, attacking the police’s handling of a march that took place on Saturday.

A few days ago, she described the rallies calling for a ceasefire in Gaza as "hate marches". She said the pro-Palestine demonstrations are “an assertion of primacy by certain groups,” particularly Islamic extremists, “of the kind we are more used to seeing in Northern Ireland,” referring to protests by Irish republican groups.

Days before it, she stated some people were homeless as a "lifestyle choice".

It was alleged that Braveman’s stance helped inflame tensions and encourage right-wing protesters to take to the streets of London, putting Sunak under pressure to take action.

She was appointed to the position by former prime minister Liz Truss in September 2022. But she had to resign from the post because of sending an official document from her personal email. A few days after the resignation, Rishi Sunak brought her back into position.

Courtesy: India Today

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