Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has revoked the appointment of Minister of Housing and Urban Development, Marlene McDonald.
Rowley’s decision, which was communicated to President Anthony Carmona, follows intensified scrutiny on her behaviour during a previous stint as minister under the Patrick Manning administration and as an Opposition MP under the current PNM political leader.
McDonald, who is the MP for Port of Spain South, served as Chief Whip for Rowley.
Minister of Public Administration Randall Mitchell now inherits McDonald’s portfolio while Maxie Cuffie now has an increased portfolio from Communication Minister to Minister with responsibility for Public Administration and Communication.
Stuart Young, who is a Minister in the Ministry of the Attorney General, has also received wider job responsibilities as he is now also a Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister.
The following is the press release from the Office of the Prime Minister:
Please be informed that His Excellency Anthony Thomas Aquinas Carmona, acting in accordance with the advice of the Prime Minister under subsection (3) of section 76, subsection (1) of section 79, subsection (9) of section 3 and subsection (3) (c) of section 77 of the Constitution of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago has revoked the appointment of Ms Marlene Mc Donald as Minister of Housing and Urban Development.
The Prime Minister has also advised His Excellency on the following:
· to reassign Mr Randall Mitchell from Minister with responsibility for Public Administration to Minister with responsibility for Housing and Urban Development.
· to reassign Mr Maxie Cuffie from Minister with responsibility for Communication to Minister with responsibility for Public Administration and Communication.
· to assign Mr Stuart Young as Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister. This is in addition to his current portfolio as Minister in the Ministry of the Attorney General.