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The Honorable Perry Christie newly elected Prime Minister of the Bahamas has announced the members of his new Cabinet. The Prime Minister seems to have done a good job of selecting an impressive team of Ministers. A review by the Council of Concerned Bahamians Abroad (CBA) finds that this new Cabinet and executive branch of government in the Bahamas is competitive with the best Cabinets in the English Speaking Caribbean region. This should give Concerned Bahamians domiciled abroad (CBAs) an early sense of relief and hope that the new government is starting out on the right foot in solving the Country’s numerous problems.
The Free National Movement (FNM) yesterday blasted Prime Minister Perry Christie for appointing a 'bloated Cabinet'.
"At a time of high unemployment and reduced government revenues, Prime Minister Christie has appointed a Cabinet of 21 ministers, four more than the last FNM Cabinet which numbered 17," the opposition party said in a statement.
It noted that he has also appointed three parliamentary secretaries as compared to the two at the time of the general election.
"As opposed to being ready on day one to commence governing, the new 'never-ready' PLP government took four full days to appoint its bloated cabinet," the FNM said.
"The new Christie Cabinet is very reminiscent of his last one," the FNM said.
It noted Allyson Maynard-Gibson is once again attorney general; Fred Mitchell returns to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration; Alfred Gray returns to Agriculture and Marine Resources; Shane Gibson returns to the Ministry of Labour and National Insurance; Glenys Hanna-Martin is once again minister for transport and aviation; Melanie Griffith returns to the Ministry of Social Services and Obie Wilchcombe returns as minister of tourism.
In a particular twist, the FNM said, Prime Minister Christie re-established the Ministry for Financial Services and Investments and appointed a minister (Ryan Pinder).
"This flies in the face of the fact that all legislation responsible for the regulation of financial services in The Bahamas whether it is banks and trust companies, insurance or the Securities Commission fall within the legislative jurisdiction of the minister of finance," the party said.
It noted that a minister of state with responsibility for investments has been appointed in the Office of the Prime Minister (Khaalis Rolle).
"This signals that investments remain in the prime minister's portfolio and financial regulation in the portfolio of the minister of finance," the party added.
"The new prime minister may wish to clarify the responsibilities of the minister whom he has appointed as minister of financial services.
"Clearly the boys are back and jobs are being found for each and every one. The prime minister made certain to signal to his backbenchers that further Cabinet appointments would be made at the mid-term point presumably bringing even additional members into the Cabinet."
The FNM also said there is no clear indication of which minister will hold responsibility for oil, "and it is noted that Leslie Miller had not yet been assigned a portfolio".
Miller was minister of trade and industry in the Christie administration between 2002 and 2007.
The Cabinet Office announced yesterday that Cabinet appointments were completed. Miller has said repeatedly he would not serve in Cabinet again if offered the opportunity.
The FNM said it will in due course make a full statement on the makeup of the new government.
"In the meantime we will watch these matters closely," the party said.
Prime Minister Perry Christie yesterday defended the large size of his newly formed Cabinet, claiming the challenges confronting the nation warrant as many hands on deck as possible.
Government yesterday announced the final Cabinet appointments of 11 ministers, pushing the number of posts in Christie's Cabinet to 21 (16 ministers and five ministers of state). Three parliamentary secretaries have also been appointed.
"Under ordinary circumstances I would have selected a smaller Cabinet but the quite extraordinary and multi-faceted challenges facing our country today have compelled me to put together a Cabinet that will enable us to tackle these challenges simultaneously on as many different fronts as possible," the prime minister said after the 11 ministers were sworn in and took their oaths of office at Government House
He added that the size of his Cabinet is approximate to the one formed by former Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham at the start of his term in 2007.
However, Ingraham's Cabinet was later reduced to 17 members. Those appointed to Cabinet yesterday include familiar faces like Fred Mitchell, appointed as minister of foreign affairs and immigration;
V. Alfred Gray, appointed as minister of agriculture, marine resources and local government; Shane Gibson, appointed as minister of labor and national insurance; Glenys Hanna-Martin, appointed as minister of transport and aviation and Melanie Griffin, appointed as minister of social services.
The list also includes newcomers to Cabinet: Dr. Michael Darville as minister for Grand Bahama; Dr. Perry Gomez, minister of health; Kenred Dorsett, minister of the environment and housing; Dr. Daniel Johnson, minister of youth, sports and culture; Hope Strachan, minister of state in the ministry of transport and aviation; and Khaalis Rolle, minister of state for investments in the Office of the Prime Minister.
Of note is the appointment of Darville, who will be the first minister to head the newly created ministry for Grand Bahama. After the ceremony, Darville said he will work to bring duty free concessions to West Grand Bahama, have open and frank discussions with the Grand Bahama Port Authority and find ways to revitalize the island's economy.
The creation of a specific ministry for the economically depressed island was something the Progressive Liberal Party promised to roll out within the first 100 days of its term.
MP-elect for Bamboo Town Renward Wells, MP-elect for South Beach Cleola Hamilton and MP-elect for Exuma Anthony Moss have been appointed as parliamentary secretaries. They will serve in the Ministries of Works and Urban Development; Foreign Affairs and Immigration and Agriculture and Marine Resources respectively. The trio will be sworn in at Government House on Monday.
Christie added that the Cabinet appointments were not a five-year deal and would be subject to change later in his term. He promised to provide leadership opportunities for his party's "new generation" when he shuffles his lineup later on.
"I fully intend to make mid-term ministerial adjustments with a view to bringing into the Cabinet some of our elected members of Parliament who have not been included in the first round," he said. "By the end of our term in office the new generation of political leaders will have risen to dominance in the Cabinet."
Dr. Kendal Major, MP-elect for Garden Hills, has been appointed as the next speaker of the House and MP-elect for Nassau Village Dion Smith will serve as his deputy.
Christie said MP-elect for Mount Moriah Arnold Forbes has asked to become chairman of the Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation and an ambassador with a special focus on trade and job creation.
Over the next few days, Christie is expected to announce several other appointments to government boards and agencies.
Cabinet will have its first meeting Tuesday morning.
Nassau, Bahamas -- The Cabinet Office has launched an inter-agency news magazine entitled The Cabinet Files. The quarterly edition was officially unveiled by Secretary to the Cabinet, Anita Bernard, Monday, September 6.
The objective of the magazine is to articulate the role, mission,
vision and goals of the Cabinet Office and provide readers with
government information. The motto of the magazine is "Many Players, One
Bahamas - The Cabinet Office announced that Prime Minister, the
Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie, had advised His Excellency the
Governor-General to complete the formation of the new cabinet.
second and final group of ministers were sworn in at Government House
on May 11th, 2012. This follows eight cabinet ministers who were sworn
in on May 10th, and the Deputy Prime Minister who was sworn in on May
In announcing the final group of ministers, Prime Minister Christie
said that under ordinary circumstances he would have gone with a smaller
cabinet but that the extraordinary challenges facing the country today
The Cabinet Office announced just moments ago that Prime Minister Perry G. Christie has advised Governor-General to complete the formation of
the new cabinet with the following additional ministerial appointments:Hon. Frederick A. Mitchell - Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration
Hon. V. Alfred Gray - Minister of Agriculture, Marine Resources and Local government
Hon. Shane Gibson - Minister of Labour and National Insurance
Hon. Glenys Hanna Martin - Minister of Transport and Aviation
Hon. Melanie Griffin - Minister of Social Services
Hon. Dr. Michael Darville - Minister for Grand Bahama
Hon. Dr. Perry Gomez - Minister of Health
Hon. Kendred Dorsett-Minister of the Environment and Housing
Hon. Daniel Johnson - Minister of Youth Sports and Culture
Hon. Hope strachan - Minister of State in the Ministry of Transport and Aviation
Hon. Khaalis Rolle - Minister of State for Investments In the Office of the Prime Minister
This final group of ministers will be sworn in at Government House this afternoon at 4pm.The statement from the Cabinet Office further announced that the Prime Minister would be making mid-term ministerial adjustments, bringing into cabinet some of the government backbenchers that has not been included in the first round of selections.
Nassau, Bahamas - Writer, producer and star of the latest comedy to hit the Dundas stage
Ward Minnis (left) presents Niven Nutt (right) with tickets to his play
The Cabinet which premiers April 1, 2011. Nutt snagged the first pair of giveaway tickets after joining
The Cabinet's Facebook group and following instructions to watch cast members of
The Cabinet on JCN's Dialogue with Etoile Pinder. He correctly guessed that her name means 'star'.
"I'm very excited about it [winning]," Nutt said. "Winning the tickets is awesome...After seeing
Yes, Prime Minister
in London, I became interested in political comedy. That play was
hysterical and revealed the nuances of local politics in London. In
this case, I hope [
The Cabinet] delves into the nuances of our local politics...
Free National Movement (FNM) Leader Dr. Hubert Minnis announced yesterday that he has appointed a shadow Cabinet on behalf of the Official Opposition.
Each of these appointees will have primary responsibility to speak in the House of Assembly or the Senate on their areas of designated portfolio responsibility on behalf of the Opposition, the FNM said in a statement.
It noted that the duty of a shadow minister is to shadow and keep track of all the policy initiatives, actions and defaults of the substantive Cabinet minister, to advance alternative policy or principled arguments on behalf of the Opposition and the Bahamian people, and to assist the leader of the Opposition in efforts to regain the government.
The statement noted that the shadow Cabinet is an established feature of the Westminster system of parliamentary democracy, and flows from the constitutional authority of the leader of the Opposition in Parliament to be prepared at a moment's notice to form a new government, should the occasion arise.
Dr. Hubert Minnis- Shadow minister of national security and health
Loretta Butler-Turner - Shadow minister of social services and national insurance
Neko Grant - Shadow minister of works and urban development
Desmond Bannister - Shadow minister of education, science and technology
Zhivargo Laing- Shadow minister of finance and financial services
Edison Key- Shadow minister of agriculture, marine resources and local government
Hubert Chipman- Shadow minister of foreign affairs and immigration
Peter Turnquest- Shadow minister of Grand Bahama
Richard Lightbourn- Shadow attorney general/minister of legal affairs
Theo Neilly- Shadow minister of tourism, transport and aviation
Kwasi Thompson- Shadow minister of environment and housing
Heather Hunt - Shadow minister of youth, sports and culture