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.
Olivierre has been replaced by the former Minister for Rural Development and Local Government, Franklyn Khan, who is also the PNM chairman, while Antoine has been replaced by the Works and Transport Minister Fitzgerald Hinds.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 He will replace Sarah Budhu, whose appointment as a Senator was revoked.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.
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.
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