Sunday, May 12, 2013

Government’s shake-ups and reshuffles

• “Misstep” No 1: Prime Minister’s appointment of Reshmi Ramnarine to head the Strategic Intelligence Agency (SIA)
• Two Cabinet reshuffles in three years
• Firing of six ministers—Mary King, Minister of Planning; Therese Baptiste-Cornelis; Collin Partap, Minister in the Ministry of National Security; Herbert Volney, Minister of Justice; Nan Ramgoolam, Minister of Public Administration; John Sandy, Minister of National Security; Verna St Rose Greaves, Minister of Gender, Youth and Child Develop­ment; Minister in the Minister of National Security Subhas Panday 
• Minister of National Security and chairman of the United National Congress (UNC) Jack Warner resigns from the party and his Chaguanas West seat
• PM faces vote of no-confidence
• Attorney General faces vote of no-confidence
• Now, the Government to face vote of no-confidence
• Continuing rumblings in the coalition Government
• Movement for Social Justice (MSJ) breaks with the party
• Congress of the People (COP) continues to grumble
• Crime continues to rock Trinidad and Tobago
• Section 34 fiasco caused a roundtable arrangement between opposing forces: People’s National Movement (PNM), labour and non-governmental organisations (NGOs)
• Partnership Government faced crushing defeat at the polls in the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) elections 
• Tobago and Government still on shaky ground over self-government
• By-election in Chaguanas West seat
• Local government election due before or by October 2013
• At times, rocky media relations.


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