February 13, 2020 / 4:23 PM / 4 days ago

Johnson appoints Brandon Lewis as Northern Ireland minister

Brandon Lewis arrives in Downing Street 10 in London, Britain February 13, 2020. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson appointed Brandon Lewis as Northern Ireland minister on Thursday, his office said.

Earlier Johnson sacked Julian Smith from the role. Smith had helped end three years of political paralysis in Northern Ireland and his ousting prompted criticism Johnson was indifferent to the fate of the people living there.

Reporting by Kylie MacLellan; editing by Stephen Addison

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