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Manning fires minister

Published:Thursday | April 24, 2008 | 11:22 AM

The Prime Minister Patrick Manning fired his Trade and Industry Minister, Dr. Keith Rowley.

Dr. Rowley was fired on Tuesday and has been replaced by Dr. Lenny Saith.

A statement from the Office of the Prime Minister gave no reason for dismissing Rowley.

Dr. Rowley was a senior Cabinet official, who had once challenged Manning for the leadership of the ruling People’s National Movement a few years ago.

According to the statement, Saith who acted as Prime Minister on numerous occasions, will fit into Rowley’s position without much disruption.