Grenada Cabinet reshuffled, but still no new AG

ST GEORGE’S, Grenada, July 31, 2009 – Grenada’s Prime Minister Tillman Thomas has taken the key tourism portfolio from Foreign Affairs Minister Peter David and promoted three of his junior ministers in a Cabinet reshuffle announced last night, but has still not replaced former Attorney General Jimmy Bristol who resigned exactly a week ago.

The changes being made to his administration were announced in an address to the nation, just over a year after Thomas’ National Democratic Congress (NDC) came to power.

David will continue to head foreign affairs, while his previous responsibility for tourism has been given to Glynis Robert. Robert’s former Ministry of Social Development will now be headed by former junior minister in the Ministry of Environment, Sylvester Quarless.

One of the other junior ministers given full-fledged ministries were Michael Church – previously attached to Finance, Planning, Economy, Energy and Foreign Trade. He will lead the new Ministry of the Environment, Foreign Trade and Export Development while former junior Health Minister Senator Anne Peters has been promoted to head Church’s former ministry.

Former Health Minister Karl Hood is now the Minister of Labour, Social Security and Ecclesiastical Affairs, the latter portfolio a newly created one; and Prime Minister Thomas has added culture and information technology to his responsibilities.

Even as he announced the changes which he described as “prudent, necessary and beneficial”, Thomas did not identify a replacement for the government’s top legal adviser.

The Attorney General stepped down last Friday after admitting he made “an error in judgment” in using his position to appeal for leniency for his stepson who fled the United States six years ago before he could be jailed for drug crimes.

Since then, Thomas has given no indication of when someone will fill his spot.

The full list of ministers following the reshuffle:
Tillman Thomas – Prime Minister, National Security, Legal Affairs, Public Administration, Information, Information Technology, Culture
Nazim Burke – Finance, Planning, Economy, Energy and Cooperatives
Peter David – Foreign Affairs
Patrick Simmons – Youth Empowerment and Sports
Alleyne Walker – Housing, Lands and Community Development
Joseph Gilbert – Works, Physical Development and Public Utilities
Sylvester Quarless – Social Development
Glynis Roberts – Tourism
Michael Lett – Forestry, Agriculture, Fisheries
George Prime – Carriacou and Petite Martinique Affairs
Franck Alexis-Bernardine – Education, Human Resource Development
Anne Peters – Health
Glen Noel – Minister of State in Housing, lands and community Dev
Arley Gill – Minister of State in the PM’s office, Information, Information Technology, Culture