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On June 16, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a merger between the Department for International Development and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office. The two departments will form a new body from September, called the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office.

Although a potential merger between the two departments had been widely anticipated, the timing came as a surprise to many, and leaves unanswered questions about what the new department will look like and what the implications are for U.K. aid.

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