CaribWorldNews, BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Tues. Oct. 5, 2010: The minister of government chosen in a poll as most liked to replace Prime Minister David Thompson as the man at the helm is the country`s new finance minister.
An ailing PM Thompson on Friday night named Chris Sinckler, formerly Minister of Social Care, Constituency Empowerment, Urban and Rural Development, as Barbados` new Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs.
The appointment comes as Thompson chose to reshuffle his cabinet and advise Bajans in an audio not television broadcast.
Sinckler`s current responsibilities have been split between two other ministers even as Thompson choose to relieve himself of the financial responsibilities and add them to Sinckler`s strong shoulders.
`My reduced physical capacity has placed a strain on my ability to serve you as I would dearly want to, particularly in these challenging economic times when the signs are clear that full global economic recovery is still a fair distance away,` Thompson said.
He added that the weeks and months ahead will be challenging and `it is for that reason that I have assessed the future, in the context of my illness and reduced capacity, and have determined that it is necessary and prudent that I divest aspects of my ministerial portfolio that require robust, day to day oversight.`
Thompson, who is also Minister of Finance and Investment, Civil Service and Energy, will from this week have only one other portfolio along with his position as Prime Minister – National Security.
Freundel Stuart will remain Deputy Prime Minister, Attorney General and Minister of Home Affairs.
The full portfolio is as follows:
David Thompson – Prime Minister and Minister of National Security (formerly Minister of Finance and Investment, Civil Service and Energy
* Freundel Stuart – Deputy Prime Minister, Attorney General and Minister of Home Affairs (unchanged)
* Christopher Sinckler – Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs (formerly Minister of Social Care, Constituency Empowerment, Urban and Rural Development)
* Ronald Jones – Minister of Education and Human Resource Development (unchanged)
* Michael Lashley – Minister of Housing, Lands, Urban and Rural Development (Urban and Rural Development added to previous portfolios)
* Patrick Todd – Minister of State in the Ministry of Housing, Lands, Urban and Rural Development with responsibilities for Urban and Rural Development (formerly Minister of State, Ministry of Economic Empowerment, Trade, Industry and Commerce)
* John Boyce – Minister of Transport and Works (unchanged). He will also become Leader of the House of Assembly.
* Denis Lowe – Minister of Drainage, Water Resource Management and Environment (unchanged)
* Donville Inniss – Minister of Health (unchanged)
* Richard Sealy – Minister of Tourism (unchanged)
* Dr David Estwick – Minister of Agriculture, Food, Fisheries, Industry and Small Business Development (formerly Minister of Economic Affairs, Empowerment, Innovation, Trade, Industry and Commerce)
* Dr Esther Byer-Suckoo – Minister of Labour (unchanged)
* Steve Blackett – Minister of Social Care, Constituency Empowerment and Community Development (formerly Minister of Community Development and Culture)
* Stephen Lashley – Minister of Family, Culture, Sports and Youth (Culture portfolio added to previous responsibilities)
* George Hutson – Minister of International Transport and International Business (unchanged)
* Senator Haynesley Benn – Minster of Commerce and Trade (formerly Minister of Agriculture)
* Senator Maxine McClean – Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade (unchanged)
* Senator Darcy Boyce – Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister with responsibilities for Energy, Immigration, Telecommunications and Investment (Immigration replaces Finance in list of responsibilities)
* Senator Irene Sandiford-Garner – Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Health (unchanged)
* Senator Harry Husbands – Parliamentary Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister (previously had responsibility for Immigration and the Social Partnership)
* Senator Jepter Ince – Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Economic Affairs (formerly Parliamentary Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister)