May 1, 2019 / 5:25 PM / 4 months ago

Britain appoints Penny Mordaunt as new defence secretary

FILE PHOTO: Britain's Secretary of State for International Development Penny Mordaunt is seen outside of Downing Street in London, Britain, February 5, 2019. REUTERS/Toby Melville/File Photo

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s government said on Wednesday Penny Mordaunt had been named defence 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.

(Corrects Williamson’s first name in paragraph 1.)

Reporting by Andy Bruce; Editing by Peter Graff

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