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New Dominica Cabinet Sworn into Office

roosevelt skerritROSEAU, Dominica, CMC – The new 15-member Cabinet of Prime Minister Roosvelt Skerrit was sworn into office on Monday comprising a mixture of new and old faces, including Ambrose George, who had been dismissed on two occasions from previous governments.

George has been given the responsibility for the new portfolio of Constituency Empowerment in addition to Information and Telecommunication.

All the ministers, including Skerrit, took the Oath of Office before President Nicholas Liverpool at a ceremony held at the Windsor Park Stadium that was also attended by Barbados Prime Minister David Thompson.

In a radio interview, Skerrit said that the new Ministry of Constituency Empowerment would facilitate greater interaction between the public and the government.

Veteran politician, Charles Savarin, who did not contest the December 18 general election in which the Dominica labour Party (DLP) won 18 of the 21 seats at stake, becomes the new Minister for National Security, Labour and Immigration, while Julius Timothy, who was the minister of economic development and planning in the last administration, returns as the Minister of Health. Dr. Colin McIntyre has been given the post of Minister of Employment, Trade, Industry and Diaspora Affairs.

Among the new faces in the Cabinet is the former parliamentary secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office, Petter Saint Jean, who defeated the leader of the main opposition United Workers Party (UWP) Ron Green in the La Plaine constituency. He is the new Minister of Education and Human Resources Development, while Justina Charles, the wife of the late prime minister Pierre Charles, has been named Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports. Former Education Minister Sonia Williams was not included in the new Cabinet.

The other female in the Cabinet is Gloria Shillingford, the Minister of Social Services, Community Development and Gender Affairs.

Kenneth Darroux takes over responsibility for the Environment, Natural Resources, Physical Planning and Fisheries, while Ashton Graneau is the new Minister of Carib Affairs.

Following is the list of the new government ministers.

Roosevelt Skerrit -Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Foreign Affairs and Information Technology

Attorney General- Francine Baron-Royer

Reginald Austrie -Minister for Lands, Housing, Settlements and Water Resource Management

Matthew Walters-Minister for Agriculture and Forestry

Dr. John Colin McIntyre-Minister for Employment, Trade, Industry and Diaspora Affairs

Dr. Kenneth Darroux-Minister for the Environment, Natural Resources, Physical Planning and Fisheries

Petter Saint Jean-Minister for Education and Human Resource Development

Gloria Shillingford-Minister for Social Services, Community Development and Gender Affairs

Justina Charles-Minister for Culture, Youth and Sports

Ian Douglas-Minister for Tourism and Legal Affairs

Ambrose George-Minister for Information, Telecommunication and Constituency Empowerment

Julius Timothy-Minister for Health

Rayburn Blackmore-Minister for Public Works, Energy and Ports

Ashton Graneau-Minister for Carib Affairs

Charles Savarin-Minister for National Security, Labour and Immigration

Alvin Bernard-Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Kelvar Darroux -Parliamentary Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister, Responsible for Information Technology

Johnson Drigo-Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Public Works

Ivor Stephenson-Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Water Resource Management

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