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Prime Minister Freundel Stuart (FP)??

Fellow Barbadians

One week has passed since the general election in Barbados on February 21.?? I should like to express my heartfelt thanks to all citizens and residents for taking Barbados peacefully through one of the most exciting and exacting election campaigns in our post-independence history.??

The voters of Barbados have shown the world the democratic??maturity of our 46 year old nation, both during the election and upon the announcement of the results.?? We have emerged from this process with our democratic traditions for the most part intact, though we remain mindful of the obligation to guard jealously against any dilution whatsoever of these cherished traditions.

The unceasing prayer which accompanied the entire election period bore witness to the God-fearing character of our nation, and I thank the churches and the people of Barbados for their prayerful support. I give thanks to God for his many blessings bestowed on Barbados.

I commend the Electoral and Boundaries Commission for its leadership, and I congratulate the parties and candidates for their contribution to the maintenance and reinforcement of democracy in this country.

The elections are now over.?? We are aware of the many challenges that continue to face Barbados. These challenges cannot be successfully faced by a divided country.?? We owe Barbados our total commitment and support, for united we will succeed but divided we are bound to fail.

Let us come together as a nation, continue to give thanks to God, and put our hands to the plough, as we continue, with calm and with renewed energy, on our pathway to progress, on our way towards a better Barbados for all.

As your Prime Minister, I pledge my commitment to maintaining at all times the highest standards of leadership of our beloved Barbados.

The Cabinet with which I have decided to work in the pursuit of this objective is as follows:

ASSIGNMENT OF MINISTERS AND PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARIES WITH EFFECT FROM FEBRUARY 28, 2013

THE HON. FREUNDEL JEROME?? STUART, Q.C., M.P.

Prime Minister, Minister of National Security,

The Public Service and Urban Development.

DR. THE HON. DAVID CLEVELAND ESTWICK, M.P.

Minister of Agriculture, Food, Fisheries and

Water Resource Management

THE HON. RONALD DACOSTA JONES, J.P., M.P.

Minister of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation

THE HON. MICHAEL ANDREW LASHLEY, M.P.

Minister of Transport and Works

THE HON. RICHARD LLEWELLYN SEALY, M.P.??

Minister of Tourism and International Transport

THE HON. STEVEN DECOURCEY BLACKETT, M.P.

Minister of Social Care, Constituency Empowerment and

Community Development

THE HON. JOHN?? DAVID EDWARD BOYCE, M.P.

Minister of Health

DR. THE HON. DENIS STEPHENSON LOWE, M.P.

Minister of the Environment and Drainage

THE HON. CHRISTOPHER PETER SINCKLER, M.P.

Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs

THE HON. DONVILLE O’NEIL INNISS, M.P.

Minister of Industry, International Business, Commerce and

Small Business Development

THE HON. ADRIEL DERMONT BRATHWAITE, M.P.

Attorney General and Minister of Home Affairs

THE HON. STEPHEN ALBERT LASHLEY, M.P.

Minister of Culture, Sports and Youth

THE HON. DENIS ST. ELMO KELLMAN, M.P.

Minister of Housing, Lands and Rural Development

SEN. THE HON. ESTHER ROSENNA BYER-SUCKOO

Minister of Labour, Social Security and

Human Resource Development

SEN. THE HON. MAXINE PAMELA ONETA MCCLEAN

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade

SEN. THE HON. DARCY WILTON BOYCE

Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister

SEN. THE HON. PATRICK MARTIN TYRONE TODD

Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office

I propose that the following persons should serve as Parliamentary Secretaries:

SENATOR IRENE SANDIFORD-GARNER

Tourism and International Transport

SENATOR JEPTER INCE

Economic Affairs

SENATOR HARCOURT HUSBANDS

Education, Science, Technology and Innovation

I take this opportunity also to name the following persons for appointment to the Senate:

SENATORS

1.???????????????????? KERRY-ANN IFILL

2.???????????????????? MAXINE MCCLEAN

3.???????????????????? VERLA DEPEIZA

4.???????????????????? DARCY BOYCE

5.???????????????????? DR. DAVID DURANT

6.???????????????????? JEPTER INCE

7.???????????????????? ANDR?? WORRELL

8.???????????????????? IRENE SANDIFORD-GARNER

9.???????????????????? ESTHER BYER-SUCKOO

10.?????????????????????? PATRICK TODD

11.?????????????????????? REGGIE HUNTE

12.?????????????????????? HARRY HUSBANDS

Barbadians are a resourceful and resilient people committed to the pursuit of the highest standards.?? These attributes were sorely tested over the past five (5) years by challenges which we did not create but which we had to confront and subdue.?? We did so with commendable resolve.

I am confident that we are equal to coping with any challenges that may lie ahead.?? So, God going before us, let us face the future with optimism and courage.

We cannot unmake the past but we can shape the future.?? Let’s to the task of moulding a vertebrate future for our country.

May God bless you all.

Thank you.

To download a copy of this speech click HERE.?? To download a copy of the assignment of Ministers and Parliamentary Secretaries click HERE.

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