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Cabinet changes coming

Published:Wednesday | August 15, 2018 | 11:31 AM
Prime Minister Andrew Holness - File photo

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has signalled that changes are coming to portfolio responsibilities in the Cabinet but has given no timeline.

Responding to questions at his quarterly media briefing a short while ago, Holness said that it would not be a Cabinet reshuffle in the strict sense of the word, but more a shifting of some responsibilities.

“It is obvious that there would have to be ... some moving around.  I don’t want to use the term (reshuffle).  There will be some realignment, some changes obviously and I have already started consultation on that just to make sure those changes, in correcting one problem, I don’t create another problem,” said Holness.

The prime minister said that the energy portfolio, which he assumed in the heights of the controversy over operations at the Petrojam oil refinery, will remain under his wings for some time, but the science and technology portfolios, which he has been overseeing since the resignation of Dr Andrew Wheatley, could soon be going to another minister.

“The public is entitled to be anxious about this and say, ‘what is happening, why is it not moving any faster?’ But rest assured I am only going to move at the pace of what is right.  So I try to give myself quick timelines but if things happen that require further scrutiny and inspection, that is what I’m going to do,” added Holness.

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