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Ailing Barbados Leader Re-shuffles Cabinet

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Special to the NNPA from The New York Carib News –

For the third time since he became Barbados’ Prime Minister in 2008, David Thompson, who is battling pancreatic cancer, has reshuffled his cabinet. And, in so doing he gave up the powerful Ministry of Finance, handing that portfolio to Chris Sinckler, the former Minister of Social Care who is now being seen as a possible heir apparent, should Thompson decide to step down. Freundel Stuart remains the Deputy Prime Minister and Attorney-General.

At the same time, he has seemingly demoted Dr. David Estwick, Minister of Economic Affairs while making him Minister of Agriculture & Food. The current Agriculture Minister Senator Haynesley Benn is now the Minister of Commerce, succeeding George Hutson, who has been named the Minister of International Transport and International Business.

The Other cabinet responsibilities:

• Richard Sealy: Minister of Tourism
• Esther Byer-Suckoo: Minister of Labor
• Steve Blackett: Minister of Social Care and Community Development
• Stephen Lashley: Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports
• Donville Inniss: Minister of Health
• Ronald Jones: Minister of Education and Human Resources
• Michael Lashley: Minister of Housing, Lands and Urban and Rural Development
• John Boyce: Minister of Transport and Works
• Patrick Todd: Minister of State in the Ministry of Housing
• Denis Lowe: Minister of Drainage, Water Resource Management and the Environment
• Senator Maxine McClean: Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade
• Senator Darcy Boyce: Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s office with responsibility for Energy and Immigration.
• Senator Irene Sandiford-Garner: Parliamentary Secretary
• Senator Jepter Ince: Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Economic Affairs
• Senator Harry Husbands: Parliamentary Secretary, office of the Prime Minister

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