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British foreign secretary Hague to step down

William Hague
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William Hague

British Foreign Secretary William Hague said on Monday that he will step down from his post as part of a government reshuffle.

He will leave the post as the country's top diplomat after four years in the job in an unexpected move prompted by a government reshuffle.

"Tonight I am standing down as Foreign Secretary after 4 years to serve as Leader of the House of Commons,'' Hague wrote on his official Twitter account. Hague's new role will see him coordinating the government's business in the lower house of Britain's parliament.

Prime Minister David Cameron, the leader of the Conservative party, is carrying out what is expected to be a final reshuffle of top government jobs before a national election next May and is expected to announce a raft of new appointments on Tuesday.

Hague also tweeted that he will not stand as an MP in the May 2015 election and that after 26 years in politics, "I want to embark on many other things I have always wanted to do."

—By Reuters. CNBC.com contributed to this report