A Major Shakeup in Jamaica Cabinet

Prime Minister Andrew Holness informed the Cabinet and the country of the changes yesterday.


KINGSTON, Jamaica
, Tuesday March 27, 2018 – Prime Minister Andrew Holness has reshuffled his Cabinet, making major changes to some vital ministries, including bringing in a recently elected MP to be the new Minister of Finance and replacing his Minister of National Security.

The changes announced yesterday see Dr Nigel Best, who won the by-election in St Andrew North West earlier this month, becoming the new Minister of Finance and the Public Service.

Audley Shaw, who he replaced, has been reassigned to the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries which was previously led by Karl Samuda, who now moves to the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation.

Dr Horace Chang, who was previously a Minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, will now take the ministerial lead in the crime fight as the new Minister of National Security.

Robert Montague, who previously held that position, is now Minister of Transport and Mining, while Mike Henry who had responsibility for Transport and Mining moves to the Office of the Prime Minister, as Minister without portfolio.

Other changes see Fayval Williams appointed Minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service. She previously held the post of Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service.

The Prime Minister also announced changes in the junior Minister ranks.

Alando Terrelonge is to be appointed Minister of State in the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sports; and Zavia Mayne is to be appointed Minister of State in the Ministry of Labour and Social Security.

Pearnel Charles Jr. moves to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade. He previously held the post of State Minister in the Ministry of National Security. Rudyard Spencer, former Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, moves to the Ministry of National Security.

Prime Minister Holness says other members of the Cabinet remain in their respective portfolios.

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