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Pearnel Charles Jr appointed Minister without Portfolio after Ruel Reid's sacking

Published:Monday | March 25, 2019 | 4:05 PM
Pearnel Charles Jr .... was State Minister in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has announced the elevation of Senator Pearnel Charles Jr to Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation.

Holness made the announcement this afternoon via his Twitter account.

Charles Jr previously served as State Minister in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade.

Before that, he was the State Minister in the Ministry of National Security.

Charles Jr replaces Karl Samuda who was assigned responsibility for the Education Ministry by Holness last week following the resignation of Ruel Reid.

Holness had asked Reid to resign amid allegations of corruption involving his ministry.

Reid also stepped down as a senator.

The police are investigating the corruption allegations against Reid and the Office of the Prime Minister said it too will also undertake its own review of the ministry which should be completed in a month or two.

OPM Statement 

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has announced the immediate appointment of Senator Pearnel Charles Jr. as Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation (MEGJC).

Senator Charles Jr. was the State Minister in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade.

Prime Minister Holness today asked Governor General Sir Patrick Allen in writing to make the appointment.

The letter stated that “In accordance with the provisions of Section 77 (1) of the Jamaican Constitution and pursuant to section 70 (1), Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr. be appointed as Minister with effect from March 25.”

Minister Pearnel Charles Jr will now work closely with Prime Minister Holness in the MEGJC on the Housing and Infrastructure Portfolio.

In the meantime, Karl Samuda has been assigned to the Ministry of Education.

He is now conducting an administrative review of that Ministry.

Prime Minister Holness maintains oversight of the Education, Youth and Information portfolio as the administrative and governance review continues.

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