BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, FEBRUARY 7TH 2010 (CUOPM) –
A new nine-member St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party Cabinet of Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas was sworn in on Sunday afternoon.
Prime Minister Douglas and his new ministers took the oaths of allegiance, office and secrecy administered by his Lordship Frances Bell during what CMC in Barbados described as a lavish ceremony witnessed by thousands at Warner Park in the capital. Governor General His Excellency Dr. Sir Cuthbert Sebastian presented the instruments of appointments.
Dr. Douglas, who led the St Kitts-Nevis Labour Party to its fourth consecutive general election victory on January 25, will also take direct responsibility for Finance, Sustainable Development and Human Resource Development.
Hon. Sam Condor, who has served as Deputy Prime Minister for the past 14 years, continues in that capacity and has been assigned the portfolios of Foreign Affairs, National Security, Labour, Immigration and Social Security.
Another veteran of the Labour Party administration, Dr. the Hon. Timothy Harris, has been named Senior Minister and Minister of International Trade, Industry, Commerce, Agriculture, Marine Resources, Consumer Affairs and Constituency Empowerment.
Dr. the Hon. Earl Asim Martin has retained the portfolios of Public Works and Utilities that he held prior to the election and has also been given the responsibility of the Housing and Energy.
The new Attorney General and Minister of Justice and Legal Affairs is the Hon. Patrice Nisbett, who successfully contested a seat under the banner of the Nevis Reformation Party (NRP).
Former Speaker of the National Assembly, Hon Marcella Liburd, who won a seat on her first attempt for Labour, enters the Cabinet as Minister of Health, Social Services, Community Development, Culture and Gender Affairs.