Former Minister within the Ministry of Public Health, Dr. Karen Cummings, was this morning appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs, filling the post vacated by Carl Greenidge following his resignation due to his dual citizenship.

Minister Dr. Cummings took the oath of office this morning before President David Granger at the Office of the President. Cummings had served in her capacity within the Public Health Ministry since the APNU+AFC came into power in 2015.

Her appointment comes a week after President Granger announced the names of three persons to replace senior ministers who, like Greenidge, had resigned as a result of their dual citizenship. Besides Greenidge, the resigned ministers were former Minister of Business, Dominic Gaskin (replaced by Mr. Hemraj Rajkumar); former Minister of State, Joseph Harmon (replaced by Minister Dawn Hastings-Williams); and former Minister of Public Affairs, Dr. Rupert Roopnaraine (replaced by Tabitha Sarabo-Halley). At the time of the president’s announcement, Greenidge’s resignation was noted but no replacement was announced.

Meanwhile, the President also issued oaths of office to Rajkumar, Hastings-Williams, and Sarabo-Halley this morning. In addition, new documents of appointment were issued to Ministers Annette Ferguson, Simona Charles-Broomes, and Valerie Patterson-Yearwood, all junior ministers who were shifted to new ministries.



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