King, Frederick Included In New Saint Lucia Cabinet

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Former Saint Lucia Prime Minister, Stephenson King who participated in the July 26 general elections as an Independent candidate retaining Castries North and Richard Frederick, another independent candidate who successfully challenged the incumbent, Sarah Flood-Beaubrun, in Castries Central, have been included in a historic new Saint Lucia cabinet that was sworn in Thursday.

King is Senior Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Ports, Transport, Physical Development and Urban Renewal, while Frederick is Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister with responsibility for Housing and Local Government.

Prime Minister, Philip J. Pierre,  citing a ‘new and inclusive’ approach to the governance of this country,  explained that the two appointments were in acknowledgement of the will of the people in Castries North and Castries Central and the role that King and Frederick played in the election campaign in helping the Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) secure an overwhelming victory at the polls.

The statement evoked applause from the packed House of Assembly where the swearing in ceremony took place.

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“In both instances, the will of the people was clear and emphatic and should never go unnoticed,” Pierre declared.

He asserted to renewed applause from the gathering, that the inclusion of King and Frederick, though not members of the SLP, in the new cabinet, was a signal that his administration would be a government of and for the people.

Former Prime Minister and Vieux Fort South MP, Dr. Kenny Anthony, was not given a cabinet appointment and the Prime Minister explained why.

“Before I gave any consideration to cabinet positions, I met Dr. Anthony and advised him that I would like to name and appoint him as a senior minister in the new government. I also invited him to select any portfolio that would interest him. Dr. Anthony advised me that he would not be able to take up any new cabinet position immediately as he had to undergo minor surgery in the next few weeks and would need time to do so,” Pierre disclosed.

He also said Anthony had a number of legal matters to handle and did not wish to disappoint the clients he had agreed to represent.

“Consequently, we agreed that we would revisit my invitation in six months,” Pierre said.

The Prime Minister expressed the hope that given Anthony’s ‘undisputed experience, knowledge and skill’ he would help to shape the policies of the government and mentor the young inexperienced ministers in the cabinet.

He made it clear that the former prime minister would not be receiving a minister’s salary in the interim, but will continue to get what is normally paid to members of parliament.

The full list, including Prime Minister Pierre who was sworn in recently is as follows:

1. Prime Minister, Hon. Philip J. Pierre
Minister for Finance, Economic Development and the Youth Economy
2. Hon. Dr. Ernest Hilaire
Minister for Tourism, Investment, Creative Industries, Culture and Information.
3. Hon. Moses Jn. Baptiste
Minister for Health, Wellness and Elderly Affairs.
4. Hon. Shawn A. Edward
Minister for Education, Sustainable Development, Innovation, Science, Technology and
Vocational Training.
5. Hon. Alva Romanus Baptiste
Minister for External Affairs, International Trade, Civil Aviation and Diaspora Affairs.
6. Hon. Stephenson King
Senior Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Ports, Transport, Physical Development
and Urban Renewal.
7. Hon. Emma Hippolyte
Minister for Commerce, Manufacturing, Business Development, Cooperatives and
Consumer Affairs.
8. Hon. Joachim Andre Henry
Minister for Equity, Social Justice and Empowerment.
9. Hon. Dr. Virginia Albert-Poyotte
Minister for the Public Service, Home Affairs, Labour and Gender Affairs.
10. Hon. Kenson Joel Casimir
Minister for Youth Development and Sports.
11. Hon. Alfred P. Prospere
Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries, Food Security and Rural Development.
12. Hon. Wayne D. Girard
Minister in the Ministry of Finance, Economic Development and Youth Economy.
13. Hon. Richard Frederick
Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister with responsibility for Housing and Local
Government.
PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARIES
Hon. Dr. Pauline Antoine-Prospere – Parliamentary Secretary
Ministry of Education, Sustainable Development, Innovation, Science, Technology and
Vocational Training.
Hon. Guibion Ferdinand – Parliamentary Secretary
Ministry of Tourism, Investment, Creative Industries, Culture and Information.

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