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New Barbados P.M. Sworn In, No Cabinet Changes

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Freundel Stuart was sworn in as prime minister on Oct. 23 a few hours after the island’s sixth prime minister David Thompson succumbed to pancreatic cancer at age 48.
Stuart served as attorney general and deputy prime minister in Thompson’s Cabinet. He told reporters he did not envisage any changes to the Cabinet that had been re-shuffled in September as Thompson said he was seeking to reduce his workload.

 
“I don’t contemplate any immediate adjustments, I think we have to get through this very difficult period first and therefore the harder side of politics will have to take a back seat for the time being as we deal with this very much softer side,” said Stuart.
Stuart said attorney Adrian Brathwaite has been sworn in as a minister and will be appointed as attorney general.

Stuart, of said that the ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP that Thompson led to victory in the 2008 general elections, said he is certain that Thompson would not have wanted the country to spend “all of our time looking back.
“He was the kind of person who felt that the future of Barbados is much more important than the life any individual including his life but of course we who survive him think that we owe certain duties and courtesies having regard that he held the highest office in the land.”

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