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T&T cabinet reshufffle in two weeks

PORT OF SPAIN — There will be a Cabinet reshuffle in two weeks’ time, Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar announced last night.

The Prime Minister made the disclosure while speaking with reporters following a function at the United National Congress’s party headquarters at Rienzi Complex, Couva.

Persad-Bissessar said the reshuffle would take place before Parliament reconvened and the “realignment of portfolios” was meant to result in “better delivery”.

The prime minister said it was a “temporary arrangement” that the ministries of Works and Local Government were combined (and handled by Suruj Rambachan) and that it would be divided again into sepa­rate ministries.

The other changes, she said, were on the drawing board.

“I am giving consideration to those, for us to better show up the work (of government) and deliver.”

Persad-Bissessar’s plan to reshuffle was reported by the Express several weeks ago, but her decision to disclose it last night came as a surprise to many.

The reshuffle will be the third in three years for the People’s Partnership coalition, which won power in May 2010.

The prime minister had attended a function where school book bags were given to deserving children at Rienzi Complex. Persad-Bissessar said a similar exercise would take place in all constituencies.

Some people had come to Rienzi Complex since 10 a.m., the Express was told. Seve­ral said they were disappointed they had to wait with their children throughout the day to receive an empty bag.

Regarding the performance of the government, Persad-Bissessar told reporters “there is always room for improvement (given) our recent experiences talking with the MPs and constituents. I do believe we can realign in a way that can help us to improve”.

Persad-Bissessar, who announced on Tuesday that local government elections would be held before the end of October, said the closing date for the nomination of candidates was 4 p.m. on September 9. (Express)

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