Marlene Re-hired by Rowley Administration


As Minister in the Ministry of Public Administration and Communications

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley Thursday announced the appointment of Marlene McDonald as a Minister in the Ministry of Public Administration and Communications, nearly a year after she was dismissed for a second time from his Cabinet.

In a statement, the Office of the Prime Minister said that Rowley had asked President Anthony Carmona to appoint the attorney to the position adding “she will assist the Prime Minister who continues to hold the portfolio which he assumed since the substantive minister, the Honourable Maxie Cuffie, fell ill a few months ago”.

“Ms. McDonald can make a valuable contribution to the ministry and I am confident that she will meritoriously perform the duties required as a minister in the ministry,” Rowley said.

Mc. Donald, who in July last year was fired less than a week after she was re-appointed to the Cabinet after being dismissed as housing minister 16 months earlier, in accepting the new position pledged to dedicate herself to the business of the ministry and said that she was “committed and motivated to perform”.

McDonald was first elected to the House of Representatives as the Member for Port-of-Spain South on November 5, 2007, at which time she was appointed Minister of Community Development, Culture and Gender Affairs. From 2010 to 2015 she served in Opposition as the Chief Whip.