Trinidad PM Fires National Security Minister and Attorney General

Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar has since Monday night dismissed her National Security Minister Gary Griffith in a major Cabinet re-shuffle that also saw the removal of Attorney General Anand Ramlogan who is facing a police investigation into allegations that he sought to pervert the course of justice.

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Prime Minister of Trinidad & Tobago Kamla Persad-Bissesar

In a 20-minute radio and television broadcast to the nation, Prime Minister Persad-Bissesar also announced the removal of her ministers of Sports, Dr. Rupert Griffith, and the Minister of Justice Emmanuel George.

She has named former High Commissioner Garvin Nicholson as the new Attorney General and retired Brigadier General Carl Alfonso as the new Minister of National Security.

In addition, she named former national footballer Brent Sancho as the new Sports Minister and Christine Hosein, as Minister of the People and Social Development, a post previously held by the prime minister.

She has also removed Stacy Roopnarine from the Ministry of Transport and Works to the Ministry of Gender, Youth and Child Development and revoked the appointments of Senate President Timothy Hamel Smith and Embau Mohini in her fourth Cabinet-re-shuffle since coming to power in 2010.

Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar announced the removal of Griffith from the Cabinet of her coalition people’s Partnership government as the controversy continues unabated over allegations that former Attorney General Anand Ramlogan had sought to pervert the course of justice by asking the director of the Police Complaints Authority (PCA) to withdraw a statement he had made in support of the Opposition Leader Dr. Keith Rowley in a lawsuit now before the courts.

In her broadcast, Prime Minister Persad Bissessar said despite the fact that the country is on a “cusp of a general election” she was determined to take decisive action in dealing with the situation confronting her coalition administration.

“For me my position as Prime Minister has always been a selfless task and one which I felt humbled to have been granted,” she told the nation, indicating that Griffith had become embroiled in the controversy involving Ramlogan and West.

By: TCC Staffer

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