With just one year in office, Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley of Trinidad and Tobago has fired two of his Cabinet ministers in a major reshuffle he promised last month.
In a press statement, Dr. Rowley sacked his Energy Minister Nicole Olivierre and Public Utilities Minister Ancil Antoine and removed Sarah Budhu from the Senate to make way for San Fernando Mayor Kazim Hosein to take up his seat in the Upper House.
Shortly after he resigned as Mayor of San Fernando, Kazim was appointed Minister for Local Government and Rural Development.
PNM Deputy Political Leader Rohan Sinanan — the man credited by Dr. Rowley with bringing home the 2015 general election for the party — was appointed the new minister of Works and Transport.
He replaces Fitzgerald Hinds who has been made Public Utilities minister.
Khan a petroleum geologist, worked over two decades in the energy sector under both the Patrick Manning administration and Rowley government in the Cabinet Standing Committees on Energy.
Attorney Stuart Young was made a full minister in the Office of the Prime Minister OPM). Previously, he was a minister of state in the OPM in addition to being a minister in the Ministry of Legal Affairs.
The new ministers were sworn in on Monday by President Anthony Carmona.
New Energy Minister said he was confident that his professional and political experience around the energy sector has equipped him to perform his new role as Minister of Energy. The prime minister did not explain the rationale behind his Cabinet reshuffle.