Attorney General Vanessa Retreage will not continue as Attorney General in the Barrow Administration, a post she has held since November 2015. Today Retreage confirmed what up to yesterday were strong rumours - that she had opted out of what was a secure Ministerial tenure in the UDP Government. This meant that she is also vacating her post as Minister of Natural Resources, which she held for four months following the Cabinet shuffle in August.

Retreage spoke at a press conference called by Prime Minister Dean Barrow this afternoon in Belmopan. The meeting with the press followed a Cabinet session, in which the PM introduced his picks for the posts and got Cabinet to support it.

Screen_Shot_2016-12-13_at_8.03.51_PMRt. Honourable Dean Barrow - Prime Minister of Belize

“As from the 1st of January 2017, the Honourable Michael Peyrefitte will become the new Attorney General of Belize, now the AG also demits office, also is giving up her position as a Senator so the Honourable Peyrefitte will replace her as well in the Senate of the National Assembly of Belize, with respect to the Lands Ministry that will be placed under your humble servant, that will now be joined with the ministry of finance so I will be the new minister of lands or the minister of natural resources, Doctor Barnet who is already the minister of state in the ministry of finance will of course be the minister of state in the expanded ministry and quite frankly it is Doctor Barnette who will have day to day charge of the Lands Ministry.”

Another significant change that will take effect is that the Ministry of Home Affairs will be shifted to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and will continue to be held by Minister of State, Elodio Aragon.

And with Peyrefitte’s promotion to Attorney General, it also means the Government will also be looking for a new Speaker of the House. The Prime Minister announced that he will be proposing to the Opposition that Laura Longsworth be appointed as the new Speaker.

That wraps up yet another Cabinet shuffle for the Prime Minister, the third in just four months.

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