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Political analyst says reported Cabinet list shows Holness is thinking creatively

Published:Monday | March 7, 2016 | 3:03 PM
Chang says while Holness may have wanted to infuse more youth into the Cabinet, he has only a slim majority in Parliament, and must also balance political interests by including party heavyweights.

Political analyst, Kevin Obrien Chang, says the alleged list of persons to be appointed to the Cabinet shows out-of-the-box thinking by Prime Minister Andrew Holness.

The new Cabinet is to be sworn in at King’s House in another two hours.

The Office of the Prime Minister has stated that the list of Cabinet members will not be circulated until the ceremony.

However, there has been credible information regarding its composition.

Sources have revealed that Robert Montague is to be national security minister; Dr Christopher Tufton will take over at the health ministry; and educator, Ruel Reid will be responsible for education and information; and Kamina Johnson Smith will be foreign affairs minister.

Chang says this line-up reflects creativity on the part of Holness.

 

Meanwhile, Chang says while Holness may have wanted to infuse more youth into the Cabinet, he has only a slim majority in Parliament, and must also balance political interests by including party heavyweights.

 

Political analyst Kevin O'Brien Chang

Commenting on the absence of an official list from the Office of the Prime Minister, Chang says he would not be surprised if it is a strategy by Holness to allow for final tweaks based on public comments on the leaked information.

Others rounding out the Cabinet include Edmund Bartlett as Minister of Tourism, Dr Andrew Wheatley as Minister of Energy, Science, and Technology and Marlene Malahoo Forte as Attorney General.

J.C. Hutchinson is expected to be named minister of agriculture; Mike Henry, minister of transport; Karl Samuda minister of industry, commerce and fisheries; and Olivia Grange as minister of gender affairs and sports.

Meanwhile, Audley Shaw heads back to the ministry of finance and planning; and Delroy Chuck to justice; while Shahine Robinson will lead the labour and social security ministry; and Desmond McKenzie, local government and mining.

Daryl Vaz will stay close to Holness in the Office of the Prime Minister along with Dr Horace Chang, the JLP’s general secretary.

Vaz will be handling the promised economy and growth portfolio from Jamaica House, while Dr Chang reclaims responsibility for water and housing as a minister without portfolio.