Following a third consecutive victory for the UDP, today, the new Cabinet for the third Barrow administration was sworn in at the Governor General's residence in Belmopan. These events usually carry an air of celebration - as the newly ascended minister’s bus in hundreds of supporters to share in the big day. But today, as the UDP starts its third term, it was a mostly a business-like affair. But first, at a packed-to-capacity room at the Biltmore Plaza, Barrow announced the composition of his Cabinet which resulted in a mix of new and old Minister Players…

barrowHonorable Dean Barrow – Prime Minister of Belize

“I will be Minister of Finance, Minister of the Public Service, and Minister of Energy and Minister of Public Utilities. My Minister of State will be the honorable Frank ‘Papa’ Mena. The honorable Erwin Contreras now becomes the Minister of Economic Development, Petroleum, Investment, Trade and Commerce. The honorable Tracy Taegar-Panton is the Minister of State in that Ministry. The honorable Patrick Faber is the Minister of Education including Science and Technology Education, Culture, Youth and Sports. The Minister of State in that Ministry is the honorable Elodio Aragon Junior. The honorable Rene Montero is the Minister of Works, Transport and NEMO with the honorable Edmond Castro as the Minister of State in that Ministry. The honorable Michael Finnegan is the standalone Minister of Housing and Urban Development. The honorable Manuel Heredia is the standalone Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation. The honorable Anthony ‘Boots’ Martinez is the standalone Minister of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation. The honorable John Saldivar is the standalone Minister of National Security. The honorable Wilfred Elrington is the Minister of Foreign Affairs. The honorable Pablo Marin is the Minister of Health. Dr. Angel Campos is the Minister of State. The honorable Hugo Patt is the full standalone Minister of Local Government, Labor and Rural Development. The honorable Gaspar Vega is being reappointed as the Deputy Prime Minister of this country, and in addition he will be Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment and Sustainable Development. Doctor the honorable Omar Figueroa will be his Minister of State. The honorable Senator Godwin Hulse is Minister of Natural Resources and Immigration with the honorable Beverly Castillo being the Minister of State with responsibility, complete day to day responsibility for the Ministry of Immigration.”

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