Kamla hints at reshuffle
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar has hinted at re-shuffling the cabinet of her People’s Partnership coalition government as it approaches its first anniversary later this month.
“I had already said that by end of this first year, there will be a realignment of portfolios and I have been working on that and by the time we go into June, there will be a realignment of the portfolios,” she told reporters.
The coalition celebrates its first anniversary on May 24, after it swept into office by a 29-12 margin after then Prime Minister Patrick Manning called the general election more than two years ahead of the constitutional deadline.
Manning has since stepped down as leader of the People’s National Movement (PNM).
Persad-Bissessar, the first woman to be elected head of government here, said that “there will be a realignment of portfolios, the subject matter under various portfolios—that is what I am looking at, at the moment”.
The Prime Minister said in the realignment she will not be taking any portfolio, “simply because I am the chairman of the Cabinet and I must remain free to make decisions”.
Asked whether she was satisfied with the performance of the Government, she replied “there is always room for improvement”. (CMC)