LONDON – With British Prime Minister Boris Johnson hospitalized in intensive care after contracting the coronavirus, who's left to run the country? A look at the key players in Johnson's Cabinet:
DOMINIC RAAB, FOREIGN SECRETARY AND FIRST SECRETARY OF STATE
As first secretary of state, Raab has been designated by Johnson to temporarily take on many of the prime ministers tasks, including leading the government’s emergency daily coronavirus “war Cabinet” meeting.
Raab, 46, was appointed foreign secretary in July 2019 and has been seen by many as a rising star in the Conservative Party.
Prior to heading the Foreign Office, he served at the helm of Britain's Brexit department, but only for several months. A keen advocate of leaving the European Union, he resigned as Brexit secretary in November 2018 after clashing with then-Prime Minister Theresa May over her plan to leave the EU.
He positioned himself as a “hard Brexit” advocate during the 2019 Conservative leadership race, but was knocked out before reaching the final two stages.
Raab was a lawyer before he was elected as a lawmaker in 2010. He is a longtime admirer of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
MICHAEL GOVE, CABINET OFFICE MINISTER