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for 10TH SEPTEMBER, 2015
Former Chief Operating Officer and
Sector Head, Manufacturing, of the ANSA
McAL Group, Gerry Brooks, is one of two
people tipped to be appointed as the Min-
ister of Finance in the Cabinet of the new
People s National Movement Government,
which will be sworn in today at a cere-
mony at Queen s Hall, St Ann s. The other
is economist and former Deputy Central
Bank Governor Terrence Farrell.
CNC3 reported last night that Farrell is
the one likely to be given the job by Prime
Minister Dr Keith Rowley with Brooks,
who resigned from ANSA McAL on April
30, being given the Trade portfolio.
Sources told the T&T Guardian last night
Farrell was more likely to be appointed
Finance Minister, with former central Bank
Governor Ewart Williams likely to be
appointed an adviser to the Minister of
New Diego Martin Central MP Darryl
Smith was tipped to be the Housing Min-
ister but some sources said that portfolio
may be given to former Community Devel-
opment Minister Marlene Mc Donald.
Deputy leader and PNM campaign man-
ager for the September 7 general election
Rohan Sinanan is to be appointed Minister
of Works, while former Social Development
Minister Christine Kangaloo is tipped to
be appointed a senator and given a min-
New D Abadie/O Meara MP, Brigadier
Ancil Antoine, is expected to be appointed
Minister of Public Utilities at a ceremony
at Queen s Hall this morning.
Former newspaper editor Maxie Cuffie,
the new MP for La Horquetta/Talparo, is
likely to be named the new Public Admin-
istration Minister. He is one of at least 15
new ministers to take their oath at today s
Prime Minister Rowley has said he would
have fewer Cabinet ministers than the for-
mer Kamla Persad-Bissessar government.
No Minister of Local Government will be
appointed, as the portfolio will be admin-
istered by the Minister of Finance.
Rowley, who was sworn in with Attorney
General Faris Al-Rawi and National Security
Minister Brigadier Edmund Dillon on
Wednesday, said the ministries would be
reconfigured and would carry larger port-
Former Fatima College principal and for-
mer T&T Unified Teachers Association
(TTUTA) president Anthony Garcia is
expected to be appointed Education Min-
ister, as Rowley promised during the general
election campaign. Garcia was elected as
MP for Arima.
Sources said yesterday that defeated can-
didate for Mayaro, Clarence Rambharat,
will be appointed a senator and given the
Agriculture portfolio. Rowley had named
him as his choice for that portfolio during
Party chairman Franklin Khan is tipped
to be given the new Rural Development
Ministry. Khan served in a former PNM
government as Minister of Works
Sources also said former president of
the Public Services Association Jennifer
Baptiste-Primus will be given the Labour
They said Diego Martin Northeast MP
Colm Imbert was being considered for the
Speculation is that former Attorney Gen-
eral Bridgid Annisette-George is being con-
sidered to be the Speaker of the House of
Former head of the public service Reginald
Dumas says the Office of the President must
take the blame for the breach in protocol at
Wednesday s swearing-in ceremony for new
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley, Attorney Gen-
eral Faris Al-Rawi and National Security Min-
ister Edmund Dillon at Queen s Hall, St Ann s.
Al-Rawi and Dillon had to be sworn in a sec-
ond time that same day after they were incor-
rectly sworn in before the Prime Minister on
the first occasion.
"It was a breach of protocol," Dumas told the
T&T Guardian when contacted for comment
He said while there was nothing in the law
of the Constitution that speaks about the order
in which people should be sworn in a new Cab-
inet, "logic and common sense will tell you that
the Prime Minister, who is the head of the Cab-
inet, has to be sworn in first."
He said it should be especially so "because
it was the Prime Minister who selected the Cab-
inet," adding there can be no AG or National
Security Minister without a Prime Minister.
"So the Prime Minister should have gone
(sworn in) first, then the Attorney General and
whoever else after," Dumas said.
According to Dumas, the order used at the
swearing-in on Wednesday "appears to have
surprised the entire country.
"It certainly surprised me but perhaps it is
new of those powers the President told us that
he has that we didn t know about," he added.
Asked who should take blame for the mix-
up, Dumas said: "It is the President s Office and
the person who is responsible is the President."
He said while President Anthony Carmona
may have been advised by somebody else, "the
decision would have been his."
Dumas said he was again advising the Pres-
ident should have a protocol officer as part of
"The President s Office should have a protocol
officer to advise, recommend, et cetera," he
added. According to Dumas, the head of protocol
in the Foreign Affairs Ministry should "be
appointed as the head of protocol in the Pres-
ident s Office." (RL)
PM's swearing-in gaffe...
must take blame
Second chance for beaten Mayaro candidate...
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley poses with deputy political leader (policy) Rohan Sinanan
and his family during the PNM's rally at Eddie Hart Grounds, Tacarigua, last Saturday.
Sinanan is tipped to assume a ministerial portfolio when the Cabinet is sworn in today.
PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
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