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Trinidad: No word of possible Cabinet reshuffle

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(Trinidad Guardian) While a number of ministers were expected to give accounts of their ministries’ 2022 plans at Tuesday’s Government retreat, there was so far no word of a Cabinet reshuffle which is reportedly ahead, sources said.

The two-day retreat at the Diplomatic Centre was expected to involve MP ministers and Government senators.

The agenda over the two days included meetings with Cabinet ministers (including senators) followed by meetings with Government MPs.

On Tuesday, the Office of the Prime Minister’s Facebook site carried two pictures of the retreat—including Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi, Finance Minister Colm Imbert and others around a large table chaired by Prime Minister Keith Rowley and another of Rowley speaking.

But there was no reply from Communication Minister Symon De Nobrega to Guardian Media questions on the outcome of Tuesday’s leg of the retreat, or which ministries were examined, what was said, what Rowley said, what was the plan for tomorrow’s session or about a possible reshuffle.

While it’s been widely speculated a Cabinet reshuffle is in the offing since several ministers are “under performing” and that the retreat became necessary since Government is under fire for issues from COVID safe zone plans to crime, sources claimed there was nothing unusual in having the planning session, “to re-orient the team for the year ahead.” They were silent on the reshuffle.

It is the Rowley administration’s second retreat for this second term.

A three-day retreat was held in Tobago over September 1 to 3, 2021 where plans for the 2022 Budget and other planning was done.

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