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GUYANA | Dr. Karen Cummings Replaces Greenidge as Foreign Affairs Minister

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GEORGETOWN,  Guyana, May 2, 2019 - President David Granger has appointed Dr. Karen Cummings to the post of Minister of Foreign Affairs, following  the resignation of Carl Greenidge who has Guyanese and British citizenship. The Courts have ruled that it is  not constitutional for parliamentarians to have dual citizenship.

Cummings took the oath of office before President David Granger at the Ministry of the Presidency. “I know it’s a lot of hard work, but I am prepared for the task and I hope to serve in this new office with distinction,” she told reporters.

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Dr. Karen Cummings being sworn in as Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Cummings told the state-owned National Communications Network (NCN) that she plans to meet with Greenidge on Friday to benefit from his wealth of experience.

“I still think that he can be my coach. It’s a new area and so I look forward to working with him and to hear from him what he has gone through, to share some of those information with me,” she said.

President David Granger said the country could not be without a Foreign Minister and in his own deliberate judgement, he believes that she was the fittest person within the Government to take on the role of Foreign Minister at this time.

The President also administered the oath of office to the other new Government Ministers today: Tabitha Sarabo-Halley has taken on the job of Minister of Public Service in the Ministry of the Presidency.

Hemraj Rajkumar is the new Minister of Business while  Dawn Hastings-Williams is the new Minister of State in the Ministry of the Presidency.

Also sworn in as new minister was government backbencher, Hemraj Rajkumar, as Minister of Business to succeed Dominic Gaskin, also a British-Guyanese.

Harmon, now Director-General of the Ministry of the Presidency, was present at the swearing-in of the new ministers.

President Granger said “it is up to” Greenidge and Roopnaraine, who were absent from the swearing-in ceremony, to decide whether they would continue to serve the government.

Annette Ferguson has been reassigned to the Ministry of Communities to take up responsibility for housing.

Granger made it clear that then Junior Minister of Natural Resources Simona Broomes’ reassignment to Minister responsible for Youth Affairs at the Ministry of the Presidency did not mean that the youth portfolio has been taken away from Minister of Social Cohesion George Norton.

The President did not rule out more junior ministers being appointed after his Cabinet colleagues say they need assistance.

  • Countries: Guyana

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