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New president names cabinet

Published:Saturday | May 23, 2015 | 11:07 PM

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP): Guyana's new president has appointed 27 ministers to his cabinet after his opposition coalition won the South American country's general election.

David Granger awarded several ministries to the smaller Alliance for Change party but said late last Friday he will keep the immigration and energy sectors under his control because they are essential to Guyana's future.

The announcement comes just days after Exxon Mobil Corp. said it has found what it called a "significant" oil discovery off Guyana's coast. The company is now trying to determine the commercial viability of the find.

Granger said he also is creating a special minister of citizenship to investigate allegations that government officials previously sold citizenships and passports to foreigners.