Above: Antigua’s Parliament (CJ Photo)
By the Caribbean Journal staff
New Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne has announced his appointments to the country’s Senate.
Browne, whose Antigua Labour Party swept to power in the country’s recent elections, said he had opted for a combination of “youth and experience” in the appointments.
“Our youth are very important to achieving our goals in rebuilding Antigua and Barbuda and therefore I am contented that the individuals selected will represent our aspirations well,” he said.
The appointments included 11 senators.
See the full list of Senators below:
1. Senator Lennox O’Reilly Weston — Minister of State within the Ministry of Finance & Corporate Governance
2. Senator Maureen Payne-Hyman — Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Legal Affairs, Public Safety, Immigration and Labour
3. Senator Londel Turham McAlister Benjamin — Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Social Transformation and Human Resource Development
4. Senator Colin Lesley Anderson James — Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Trade, Commerce, Industry, Sports, Culture and National Festivals
5. Senator Alincia Toshiba Harriet Williams-Grant
6. Senator Cheryl Mary Clare Hurst
7. Senator Michael Nathaniel St. Patrick Freeland
8. Senator the Wigley Franklin Nathaniel George
9. Senator Shenella Mary Shadida Govia 10. Senator Osbert Richard Frederick
11. Senator Adrian Lee (Prime Minister’s Nominee from Barbuda)
There were still six senators to be appointed, including four on the advice of the opposition leader, one by the Governor General and one from the Barbuda Council.
The Senators were officially sworn in at Government House on Monday, and were set to take their oaths of office on Wednesday.