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Estwick takes his oath

Minister of Agriculture, Dr. David Estwick (File photo)

Minister of Agriculture, Dr. David Estwick (File photo)

Much was made of his absence last week, but Government MP and minister Dr. David Estwick took his oaths of office before Governor General Sir Elliott Belgrave virtually unnoticed this morning.

The large media contingent that greeted his Democratic Labour Party colleagues on Friday and the group which covered the Opposition at Government House before 10 a.m. were absent when the St. Philip West MP arrived at and departed from the Governor General’s official residence this morning after nine.

The re-appointed Minister of Agriculture, Food, Fisheries and Water Resource Management was accompanied by a small group, including party colleagues, at this morning’s ceremony.

Among them was Minister of Industry, International Business, Commerce and Small Business Development Donville Inniss and Government Senator Dr. David Durant.

Last week, amid visible concern about Estwick’s absence when his other Cabinet colleagues were sworn, Prime Minister Freundel Stuart said the MP was unwell and DLP team was fully united.

He said Estwick would have had his oaths administered by Sir Elliott either on Saturday or today. (SC)

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