May 1, 2019 / 5:39 PM / 3 months ago

Britain appoints Penny Mordaunt as new defense secretary

Britain's Secretary of State for International Development Penny Mordaunt is seen outside Downing Street in London, Britain, April 2, 2019. REUTERS/Toby Melville

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s government said on Wednesday Penny Mordaunt had been named defense secretary to replace Gavin Williamson, who was sacked over the leak of information about Chinese telecoms company Huawei.

Mordaunt was previously the minister for international development.

Reporting by Andy Bruce; Editing by Peter Graff

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