There are four new faces in this iteration, namely Dean Jonas, Maria Browne, Daryll Mathew, and Lennox Weston, who served as a senator in the previous ABLP government.
Jonas is the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries, Barbuda Affairs, while Browne is the minister for Housing, Lands, and Urban Renewal and Minister of State in the Ministry of Legal Affairs, Public Safety and Labour.
Meanwhile, Matthew is the Minister for Sports, Culture, National Festivals and the Arts. Weston retains his position as Minister of State within the Ministry of Finance and Corporate Governance and now assumes the portfolio of Works.
Asot Michael, who was stripped of his tourism, investment and trade portfolios by Prime Minister Gaston Browne after being embroiled in a UK bribery investigation last year, is back as Minister of Investment and Trade.
Tourism remains with Charles “Max” Fernandez along with Economic Development. The Foreign Affairs and Immigration portfolios have gone to E.P. Chet Greene who is also responsible for International Trade.
Ministers returning with their portfolios are Sir Robin Yearwood, Public Utilities, Civil Aviation, and Energy; Molwyn Joseph, Health, Wellness, and Environment; and Samantha Marshall, Social Transformation, Human Resource Development, Youth, and Gender Affairs.
The others are Melford Nicholas, Information, Broadcasting, Telecommunications, and Information Technology; and Michael Browne, Education, Science and Technology
Prime Minister Browne and Attorney General Steadroy “Cutie” Benjamin were sworn in earlier in the day.
In the meantime, a historic moment in the political history of Antigua and Barbuda was created yesterday when Prime Minister Browne and his wife Maria Bird-Browne, now Member of Parliament for the St John’s Rural East Constituency joined each other at Government House.
Both were sworn in yesterday, along with other members of the new Antigua Barbuda Labour Party (ABLP) government which was elected to serve a second term in the March 21 general election.
The couple will be the first prime minister and wife to sit in the Parliament, additionally, she is also the youngest person elected to parliament.
The 26-year-old defeated Trevor Young, retired police inspector and candidate for the main opposition United Progressive Party (UPP) and Vincent “Vere” Cornelius, the Democratic National Alliance (DNA) candidate.
Bird-Browne of the ABLP got 2,175 votes, Young of the UPP got 975, Cornelius who represented the DNA secured 134 votes.
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