New Bahamas PM Creates First As He Gives Responsibility for Finance to Someone Else

New Bahamas PM Creates First As He Gives Responsibility for Finance to Someone Else

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New Bahamas PM Creates First As He Gives Responsibility for Finance to Someone Else

CERTIFIED CHARTERED ACCOUNTANT PETER TURNQUEST WAS SWORN IN AS DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER OF FINANCE. (PHOTO CREDIT: BIS/LETISHA HENDERSON)

 

NASSAU, The Bahamas, Monday May 15, 2017 – Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis has named two members of a 16-member Cabinet that he says will “blend experience with new talent”, revealing a first for any Bahamian leader: He will not be taking responsibility for the Ministry of Finance.

Dr. Minnis has chosen certified chartered accountant Peter Turnquest, who has served as Shadow Minister of Finance for the past five years the Free National Movement (FNM) has been in Opposition, to fill that role.

Turnquest will also serve as Deputy Prime Minister. He has already been sworn in along with Attorney General Carl Bethel Q.C, who has been named to the Senate where he will serve as Leader of Government Business. Bethel previously served as Attorney General from 2001 to 2002 and in other ministerial posts between 1997 and 2009, as well as Leader of Opposition Business in the Senate, and as a Member of Parliament for three terms.

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