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Twitter reacts with shock, horror and amusement at Boris Johnson's appointment as UK foreign secretary

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 14 July 2016, 17:53 IST

After just two weeks in the political wilderness, Boris Johnson is back.

Celebrities, politicians and civilians were united in their reaction to Johnson's appointment as the UK's Foreign Secretary - by new British Prime Minister Theresa May.

Johnson, who is also the former mayor of London is no stranger to controversy.

From the infamous incident where he knocked over a 10-year-old Japanese boy while playing touch rugby in Tokyo to his 'strange' statements - against US President Barack Obama, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and former US president George W Bush - Johnson has made headlines time and time again with his 'gaffes'.

Here's how Twitter reacted to his appointment:

When Mark Toner, US State Department spokesperson heard the news, his disbelief was evident. However, he managed to save face by hurriedly restoring his expression to one of 'diplomatic neutrality'.

Popular comedian Ricky Gervais expressed his 'disappointment' over Johnson being appointed as the foreign secretary.

Other celebrities followed suit.

Carl Bildt, the former Prime Minister of Sweden, tweeted a photograph of Johnson stranded on a zip line during London 2012 Olympics celebrations.

Then came the jokes:

Among the few (and we mean few!) who were happy over Johnson's appointment was former Australian PM Tony Abbott.

First published: 14 July 2016, 17:53 IST
 
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