|Written by Administrator|
|Thursday, 15 March 2012 00:00|
The Prime Minister, Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow held a press conference on Tuesday, March 13th in Belmopan City where he formally announced to the nation his selection of Cabinet Ministers. As he had pointed out at a press conference he held on Thursday March 8th, the Cabinet was to have been composed of no more than 2/3 of the elected area representatives. Four other ministers would have been brought up through the Senate. He took the long weekend to ponder his appointments and at the end of his contemplations, he came up with quite a remarkable list of individuals, who will be the government’s executive. At the end of his selection process the PM had come up with a historic Cabinet that saw 4 un-elected ministers becoming a part of the executive. All those who we spoke to agreed that this is the first time such a move has been made.
Before he introduced the ministers, he explained that he could have gone the traditional route in selecting his ministers; he said that he could have gone to the UDP party activists but instead chose to look for the best talent, brain power and expertise that was available to him. In so doing, he would be able to “harness all skills available to make the best government possible.” And in his selection, the PM admittedly recognized that there may be some party supporters who would “feel a little hard done” by the decision. He nonetheless stuck to his decision to create a mix of elected representatives and Senator-Ministers, who would have the technical expertise to be able to conduct the government business. He concluded by stating that he has complete support of all elected representatives in his decision.