|Lamothe shuffles Cabinet|
|Friday, 10 August 2012 10:41|
Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe has announced a major reshuffle of his cabinet this week. The move marks the first major cabinet reassignment of the new prime minister since entering office in May.
The reassignments of these select ministerial responsibilities have resolved some of the prime minister's former responsibilities since assuming the position. Lamothe is no longer the foreign minister, as the position is now assigned to Pierre Richard Casimir. Lamothe however will become Minister of Planning and External Cooperation.
No explanations however were given for the other new assignments. The Ministry of the Interior and Local Authorities has been transferred from Minister Thierry Mayard-Paul, an influence figure in the interior cabinet and close advisor to President Michel Martelly, to former Minister of Social Affairs, Ronsard Saint-Cyr.
Josefa Gauthier then takes on the Minister of Social Affairs and Labor, while Vanneur Pierre is the new education minister and Jean Vilmond Hilaire is the new minister of environment.
Speaking at the installation ceremony this past week, President Martelly said that "the time is right to make adjustments."
"You have been chosen because your reputation proves that you are well placed to assist the administration realize its vision on the ground," said Martelly to the new ministers at the ceremony. "The victory must always belong to the people."