The Bahamas Cabinet announced in a statement on Sunday evening, June 30th, 2019 that Brent Symonette, Member of Parliament and Minister of Financial Services, Trade and Industry and Immigration has resigned from his ministerial post. The statement reads as follows:
“It is notified for general information that the Hon. T. Brent Symonette has tendered his resignation as Minister of Financial Services, Trade and Industry and Immigration, with effect from 1 July 2019.
The Hon. Elsworth Johnson will assume portfolio responsibility for the Ministry of Financial Services, Trade and Industry and Immigration with effect from 1 July 2019.”
Shortly after this announcement by the Cabinet Office, Prime Minister Hubert Minnis, released a statement, accepting the resignation. No explanation for the development was provided. His statement reads as follows:
“I thank Mr. Brent Symonette for his service to the country over many years.
While he will no longer serve in Cabinet his constituents in St. Anne’s will continue to have an MP who cares about them.
I wish Mr. Symonette all the best in his future endeavors.
I have appointed the Hon. Elsworth Johnson to replace Mr. Symonette as the Minister of Financial Services, Trade and Industry and Immigration.
Mr. Johnson is a former president of the Bahamas Bar Association and former Minister of State in the Office of the Attorney General and Ministry of Legal Affairs.
I have confidence that Mr. Johnson will serve the country well in his new capacity.”
Cabinet Office and Office of the Prime Minister
Commonwealth of The Bahamas
30 June 2019
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