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Law Office Gabriel J. Christian
Volume No. 1 Issue No. 25 - Monday, July 29, 2002
Token Measures at Reducing Cabinet
by Thomson Fontaine

Dominicans were today expressing outrage and disappointment at Prime Minister Pierrer Charles's announcement in reducing his cabinet. Following the resignation of Hon. Ambrose George, Hon. Urban Baron and Hon. Loraine Bannis, the Prime Minister announced that Urban Baron and Loraine Bannis would remain in government as parliamentary secretaries.

Callers to local radio stations were expressing concern that the government seemed unwilling to make the same sacrifices that the public was been called upon to make. Most callers felt that this was just a token measure and did not seriously address the dire need to reduce the level of government expenditure.

In the July 2002 budget, the finance minister had announced his plans to significantly reduce the cabinet. Most callers to the local radio station were of the view that the measures did not go far enough, and was not in keeping with the promises made in the budget. Several callers also called on the Prime Minister to call new elections.

A day before the Prime Minister's announcement, former Minister of Finance and currently Minister of Enterprise Development in the Pierre Charles Government tendered his resignation as well as fisheries minister Urban Baron and junoir minister Loraine Bannis. The resignations were viewed as been largely symbolic, and were made to allow the Prime Minister greater leeway in the cabinet reshuffle.

The impending Cabinet reshuffle was first announced by the Dominican several weeks ago.



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