Cabinet Minister resigns in Grenada

ST GEORGE’S, Grenada, Monday November 22, 2010 – One of the three Grenadian MPs who boycotted their swearing-in ceremony after being moved around in the Tillman Thomas Cabinet has resigned.

The decision of former Minister of Labour, Social Security and Ecclesiastical Affairs, Michael Church, came days after he was demoted to junior minister in the Ministry of Works, Physical Development and Public Utilities.

He submitted his resignation to Prime Minister Thomas today.

Church had been relegated to a junior minister position because he had attended a meeting in Italy with a former trade advisor to Grenada without the approval of Cabinet.

The Prime Minister issued a statement this evening, following Church’s resignation, expressing regret over his departure from the Cabinet.

“It is always a traumatic experience for a government to lose one of its members, especially at a time when all hands are needed in the rebuilding of our nation,” Thomas said.

He praised Church for his leadership of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) and his contribution to the fight against global warming in the international arena and wished him well in his future endeavors.

Church was one of three people who did not show up last Friday to take the oaths of office after a Cabinet reshuffle resulted in them being moved into different areas.

The other two, Peter David and Glynnis Roberts, have accepted their positions as Minister of Tourism and Minister of Labour, Social Security and Ecclesiastical Affairs respectively. They received their instruments of appointment from Governor General Sir Carlyle Glean today.

David takes up the post Roberts previously held, while Karl Hood replaces David as Minister of Foreign Affairs and has been given the additional portfolios of Foreign Trade and the Environment.

Hood had attended the swearing-in ceremony along with career diplomat Dennoth Modeste who was appointed a government Senator and Junior Minister in Hood’s ministry.

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