Antigua’s P.M. Sworn in, Wife in 13-Member Cabinet

ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – Gaston Browne has been sworn in as prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda for the second time, following his party’s landslide victory in last month’s general elections.

Browne swearing inBrowne was returned to office after preliminary results released by the Antigua and Barbuda Electoral Commission (ABEC) showed his Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party (ABLP) had won 15 of the 17 seats in Parliament, soundly defeating the main Opposition United Progressive Party (UPP) in the Mar. 21 elections.

His 13-member Cabinet, which includes his wife Maria among the new faces, was also sworn in.

Browne will retain the finance portfolio within the Cabinet. His wife will serve as minister for housing, lands and urban renewal and as a minister of state in the Ministry of Legal Affairs, Public Safety and Labor.

PARDON

The representative from St. Peter and former Tourism Minister Asot Michael returns to the Cabinet after being ousted following an arrest in the United Kingdom in relation to a bribery investigation.
Although he was later released without charge, Browne had relieved him of his ministerial duties.

Sir Robin Yearwood retains the public utilities civil aviation energy portfolio. Melford Nicholas will hold on to the information, broadcasting, telecommunications, information technology ministry.

Michael Browne will remain at the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology and Molwyn Joseph will have responsibility for the newly-styled Ministry of Health, Wellness and Environment.

SWITCH

E.P. Chet Greene will relinquish the Ministry of Sports, Culture, National Festivals and the Arts in exchange for a new assignment at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Immigration.

Newcomer Daryll Matthew will assume Greene’s former post.

Samantha Marshall is retained as minister for social transformation human resource development youth and gender affairs. Charles “Max” Fernandez, who previously had responsibility for the Ministry of Tourism, Foreign Affairs and Immigration, will serve as minister for tourism, economic development.

Dean Jonas has been appointed minister of agriculture, fisheries and Barbuda affairs. Lennox Weston, a senator and minister of state in the last administration, will retain that ministerial portfolio and add the public works portfolio.

Author  Edited from CMC.
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