Opposition Leader criticizes “repurposed” Cabinet

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    UNC Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar believes there should have been more changes in the Cabinet.

    While there are some newcomers, a number of Ministers retained their portfolios, including Finance, Energy, Works and Transport, National Security, Tourism and the Attorney General.

    Mrs Persad-Bissessar has referred to the cabinet as a “repurposed” team that offers no new hope to citizens.

    She was particularly disappointed with the reappointment of Stuart Young as National Security Minister, saying he has already failed to address crime in the country.

    She also criticized the Office of the Prime Minister for suggesting in a social media post that some of the Ministers appointed are ‘supporting Ministers’ who may or may not attend Cabinet meetings.

    She says there is no convention or provision in the Constitution for the appointment of ministers who are not members of the Cabinet, or which allows ministers to attend Cabinet ‘as required’.

    Please note contrary to a news report the Cabinet is 22 members.There are 8 Supporting Ministers IN various Ministries who may or may not attend Cabinet as required.

    Posted by The Office of the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago on Wednesday, August 19, 2020

    Despite her criticism of the Cabinet, Mrs Persad-Bissessar called for it to address issues facing citizens: “In the short, to medium term, we hope that this “new” band of ministers can move swiftly to adequately address the basic issues plaguing the population such as unemployment, crime, infrastructural decay, and the decline of the energy sector. In the past five years, we saw negligible improvement in these sectors, and we can only hope that some work will be done for the benefit of all Trinibagonians in the coming months.”