3 July, Kathmandu
French President Emmanuel Macron has named a new prime minister ahead of a major cabinet reshuffle.
Jean Castex was appointed to the post Friday, after former prime minister Edouard Philippe handed in his resignation earlier in the day.
Castex, a center-right politician like Philippe, had already been involved with the government after he was enlisted in April to help with its de-confinement plans.
In a statement Friday, Macron’s office said Philippe had handed in the resignation of the government, but that the current cabinet would remain in charge of governmental affairs until a new team was put in place.
Mr Castex, 55, is little known in France, but he is a senior civil servant and has played a key role in the government’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Mr Philippe picked the Republicans party mayor from Prades in the Pyrenees to co-ordinate France’s strategy of lifting the lockdown.
Source: International News Agencies