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Leaf to be turned from Caines and DeSilva

New Cabinet appointments for the portfolios of national security as well as tourism and transport are expected at Government House today.

It comes in the wake of David Burt, the Premier, “inviting” Wayne Caines and Zane DeSilva to quit their ministerial posts last week.

The two had to step down on July 6 after video clips were widely shared showing them breaking Covid-19 health restrictions at a rowdy dinner three nights earlier.

Mr Burt said last Thursday that he regretted losing “two committed and dedicated ministers”.

He added that “our demands for public compliance with rules and regulations mean nothing if we are not prepared to live by them ourselves”.

In the interim, Diallo Rabain, the education minister, has served as Acting Minister of National Security, while Wayne Furbert, the Minister for the Cabinet Office, has held the reins of tourism and transport.

The announcement today by John Rankin, the Governor, comes hot on the heels of a Cabinet shuffle on June 4, with Jason Hayward sworn in as Minister of Labour as well as taking responsibility for immigration from Mr Caines.

John Rankin, the Governor, is expected to welcome two new members to Cabinet today (File photograph by Akil Simmons)

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Published July 15, 2020 at 9:00 am (Updated July 15, 2020 at 8:21 am)

Leaf to be turned from Caines and DeSilva

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