Known for jokes and insults, Boris Johnson takes helm of British diplomacy

July 13, 2016 9:39 PM

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LONDON Boris Johnson, Britain's most colorful politician with a long record of gaffes and scandals, was appointed as foreign secretary on Wednesday in a surprise move by new Prime Minister Theresa May that could shake up world diplomacy.

The former London mayor, who has never previously held a cabinet post and is known for his undiplomatic language, was the most prominent figure in the campaign for Britain to leave the European Union that culminated in a vote for 'Brexit' on June 23.

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