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PM Keith Rowley re-shuffles Cabinet, fires two ministers

Featured Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley has reshuffled his Cabinet firing two senior ministers. Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley has reshuffled his Cabinet firing two senior ministers.
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Oct 31, CMC – Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley Monday fired two senior Cabinet ministers in the first major re-shuffle of his administration since the People’s National Movement (PNM) came to power in Trinidad and Tobago on September 7 last year.

Rowley, who had during the budget debate here last month, had indicated that he would be making changes to his Cabinet, dismissed his Energy and Energy Industries Minister Nicole Olivierre and the Public Utilities Minister retired Brigadier General Ancil Antoine.

Nicole Olivierre
Dismissed Energy Industries Minister Nicole Olivierre

Olivierre has been replaced by the former Minister for Rural Development and Local Government, Franklyn Khan, who is also the PNM chairman, while Antoine has been replaced by the Works and Transport Minister Fitzgerald Hinds.

A statement from the Office of the Prime Minister noted that Rowley had advised President Anthony Carmona to appoint Kazim Hosein as a Senator and Minister of Rural Development and Local Government. He will replace Sarah Budhu, whose appointment as a Senator was revoked.

Prime Minister Rowley also Rohan Sinanan, a Senator, as the Minister of Works and Transport.

The statement also announced that Stuart Young, who had been the Minister in the Ministry of the Attorney general has been re-assigned and is now the Minister in the Ministry of the Attorney General and Legal Affairs and Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister.

ancil antoine
Dismissed Public Utilities Minister retired Brigadier General Ancil Antoine

Prior to the announcement of the Cabinet re-shuffle, former housing minister in the previous government, Dr. Roodal Moonilal, told a local radio here that the main opposition United National Congress (UNC) wanted the removal of Attorney General Faris Al Rawi and the National Security Minister, retired Brigadier General Edmund Dillon.

He told radio listeners that the Cabinet re-shuffle would not be significant given that “there is not sufficient talent and competence in the Cabinet at this time.

“I daresay …any attempt to re-shuffle the Cabinet now would involve new faces and new personalities from outside of the Cabinet. It is the only was he can get the requisite competence to manage the affairs of the country,” Moonilal added.

In the last general election, the PNM won 23 out of the 41 seats, defeating the coalition People’s Partnership government of then prime minister Kamla Persad Bissessar.

Last modified onMonday, 31 October 2016 14:57
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