Former Gov’t Ministers Get New Positions

Carl Greenidge

After They Were Forced to Relinquish their Ministerial Portfolios Due to Dual Citizenship

GEORGETOWN, Guyana – Less than a month after they were forced to relinquish their ministerial portfolios as a result of their dual citizenship, three former government ministers have been given new jobs.

The Ministry of the Presidency Tuesday announced that former foreign affairs minister, Carl Greenidge, has been appointed Foreign Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He will also be responsible for the Department of Frontiers and Territorial Integrity and the Department of Trade and Economic Cooperation.

Former business minister, Dominic Gaskin, has been appointed Director of Manufacturing and Marketing within the Ministry of Business with responsibility for the enforcement of standards, providing assistance to small producers and access to markets, particularly Eastern Caribbean markets.

The government statement said that Dr. Rupert Roopnaraine, the former public service Minister will now serve as the Director of Public Service Training within the Ministry of the Presidency.

He will hold responsibility for training standards at the Bertram Collins College of the Public Service, the Guyana Defence Force Staff College and Guyana Police Force Staff College.
The appointments follow the recent appointment of former State Minister Joe Harmon as Director General of the Ministry of the Presidency.

The former ministers were forced to resign their previous positions after both the High Court and the Court of Appeal ruled that it was unconstitutional for holders of dual citizenship to serve as Members of Parliament. – CMC