Retired Brigadier General Ancil Antoine and Nicole Ollivierre have been fired from the Cabinet of Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley.
Changes to the Cabinet were revealed on Monday by the Office of the Prime Minister.
Antoine was the Minister of Public Utilities, and Ollivierre, the Minister of Energy and Energy Industries.
They are now MPs and will sit on the back bench in the House of Representatives.
Fitzgerald Hinds, who was the Minister of Works, is the new Minister of Public Utilities.
Outgoing San Fernando Mayor, Kazim Hosein, is the new Minister of Rural Development, as Franklin Khan gets the portfolio of Minister of Energy. Hosein becomes a Senator and replaces Sarah Budhu.
Rohan Sinanan, a Senator, comes into the Cabinet as the new Minister of Works.
The following is the news release from the Office of the Prime Minister:
“Please note that today, Monday 31st October, 2016, Prime Minister Dr. the Honourable Keith Rowley advised his Excellency Anthony Thomas Aquinas Carmona, President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, to immediately act in accordance with the provisions of Section 43(2) €, 3(9), 40(2)(a), 76(3) and 79(1) of the Constitution of the Republic of Trinidad in relation to the following:
– Revoke the appointments of Ms. Sarah Budhu as a Senator;
– Revoke the appointment of Ms. Nicole Olivierre as Minister of Energy and Energy Industries;
– Revoke the appointment of Brigadier General (Retired) Ancil Antoine as Minister of Public Utilities;
His Excellency was also advised to:
– Reassign Mr. Franklin Khan from Minister of Rural Development and Local Government to Minister of – – Energy and Energy Industries;
– Appoint Mr. Kazim Hosein as Senator and Minister of Rural Development and Local Government;
– Reassign Mr. Fitzgerald Ethelbert Hinds from Minister of Works and Transport to Minister of Public Utilities;
– Appoint Mr. Rohan Sinanan, a Senator, as Minister of Works and Transport;
His Excellency was further advised to reassign Mr. Stuart Young Minister in the Ministry of the Attorney General and Legal Affairs and Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister to Minister in the Ministry of the Attorney General and Legal Affairs and Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister.”
Olliverre, the La Brea MP, was expected to be fired after she was seen as a very weak Minister of Energy. Lately, she clashed with residents of La Brea over jobs and oil spills in her constituency.
Hinds spent most of the last year talking and not dealing with infrastructural works throughout the country.
Antoine never made it as a Minister and even had CEPEP removed from under his wings.