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Ministerial Cabinet to remain the same

- to be officially sworn in today, June 10, 2015
There will be no changes to the Cabinet of Government. From Left: Minister for Health and Social Development Hon Ronnie W. Skelton, Minister for Communications and Works Hon Mark H. Vanterpool, Minister for Education Hon Myron V. Walwyn. Photo: GIS/File
From left: Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Hon D. Orlando Smith and Minister for Natural Resources and Labour Dr The Hon Kedrick D. Pickering. It is unclear whether Dr Pickering will be returned to the post of Deputy Premier. Photo: GIS/File
From left: Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Hon D. Orlando Smith and Minister for Natural Resources and Labour Dr The Hon Kedrick D. Pickering. It is unclear whether Dr Pickering will be returned to the post of Deputy Premier. Photo: GIS/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- There will be no new faces in the Ministerial Cabinet of the re-elected National Democratic Party (NDP) government, sources close to the NDP have reliably informed Virgin Islands News Online.

The Official Swearing-In Ceremony of the Premier and Ministers of Government will be done today, June 10, 2015 at 5pm at the Central Administration Complex. His Excellency the Governor will appoint the Premier and other Ministers of Government in accordance with Section 85 (1) (2) of the Virgin Islands Constitution Order 2007.

Cabinet will include Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith, Minister for Health and Social Development Hon Ronnie W. Skelton, Minister for Communications and Works Hon Mark H. Vanterpool, Minister for Education Hon Myron V. Walwyn and Minister for Natural Resources and Labour Dr The Hon Kedrick D. Pickering.

But while it is known who the Premier and Ministers will be, it is yet unclear who the Deputy Premier will be, according to our same NDP sources. Hon Pickering served as the Deputy Premier for the last three and a half years. His policies, however, have come under severe criticism from the public who are sceptical about who really some of his projects he has been pushing are really going to benefit.

It is also unclear when the Members of the Third House of Assembly (HoA) will be sworn in.

The National Democratic Party won the June 8, 2015 General Elections by a landslide, taking 11 of the 13 seats.

40 Responses to “Ministerial Cabinet to remain the same”

  • voter (10/06/2015, 10:05) Like (75) Dislike (5) Reply
    Yes I agree the Ministry must remain the same to complete unfinished job. But it would be proactive if each Ministry have a another person training at all times to take up the pose when needed. CONGRATULATIONS to THE NDP family. You must now work ten times harder for your people. First thing reduce food cost
    • dude (10/06/2015, 10:45) Like (5) Dislike (32) Reply
      Change Resources and Education. Swap them and make Skelton Deputy.
      • @dude (10/06/2015, 11:13) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
        They both should stay in their ministries. I agree Skelton could be Deputy but only if Kedrick does not want the position anymore.
      • Lily Ann (10/06/2015, 21:57) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        Tha make sense ??? You want them start ALL over again ??? ... 2 fixed seats should be Myron and Mark ... u can switch Ronnie and Piko ... cause Piko KNOWs about The health system as well !!!!
    • ALSO (10/06/2015, 10:59) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
  • OVER JOYED EDUCATOR (10/06/2015, 10:20) Like (14) Dislike (7) Reply
  • vex (10/06/2015, 10:21) Like (3) Dislike (41) Reply
    Unfair to delories
    • @vex (10/06/2015, 11:29) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    • Valley Political Analyst (10/06/2015, 12:25) Like (17) Dislike (0) Reply
      Unfair what? Delores will have to go and get acquainted with the ropes of a ministry which will be a GREAT setback. Besides, she needs to call in quits now and retire. Time for Young blood!!! This is not derogatory - facts are facts.
      • right (11/06/2015, 08:17) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
        Even if she did not have to get acquainted she still would not be given a ministry.
    • HMP (10/06/2015, 14:02) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
      And alvera
    • Hmmm (10/06/2015, 15:10) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
      Unfair to Deloris, when the other day Deloris couldn't even adjourn the house of assembly properly.......Deloris, Alvera and Archie have no skills to go against the other NDP pit bulls so all who expect anything out of them delusional. Might as well had vote for two more in the opposition to properly force a debate on that NHI and other horrors
    • stress (13/06/2015, 07:23) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Delores told you she wants any more stress? She happy helping the people.
  • HAHA (10/06/2015, 10:21) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    Ayo need to stop eating so much.
  • dog (10/06/2015, 10:22) Like (80) Dislike (21) Reply
    I am surprised that with all the complaining before the election about the state of the territory-- development, food costs and lack of help for farmers, no regular water or electricity, no steady internet, inviting 4000 people in when our infrastructure can't handle it, pollution and over-crowding of the beaches, taxi monopolies, upgrade schools, building fishing industry, conflicts of interest, and visual direction of the BVI in general, that people didn't have the courage to look at other candidates. Even one or two more VIP or independents would have made a difference in the conversations that will now be had as a good ol' boys club. I am afraid for the BVI.
    • dude (10/06/2015, 10:54) Like (8) Dislike (9) Reply
      True but no strong team of candidates opposed.
      • Hmmm (10/06/2015, 11:21) Like (28) Dislike (22) Reply
        The BVI need to stop this party politics non-sense!! The HOA needs BALANCE!!!
    • Talking smack (10/06/2015, 11:05) Like (11) Dislike (127) Reply
      All these issues been here for years. Which govt had the galls to deal with them? Each govt do try? Things cannot happen go wash ur mouth. You wouldnt even be able to handle an organization much less a territory.
      • dog (10/06/2015, 13:49) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
        thank you for your wise and respectful comment. this is why more people don't speak their mind because people are rude. "..go wash ur mouth..." really?
      • wize up (10/06/2015, 17:28) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
        @Hmmm; you want better balance that what you have now( 11-2)..those 2 members better come good because next time it can be 12-1) I can see many days they will not show up to HoA..ting 2 talk!!!!
    • Marie (11/06/2015, 08:15) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      I agree with you we are in a lot of trouble the force that were behind the party they should follow politics and when they get out of bound lobby and let know that they are not standing for it,
  • Hmm (10/06/2015, 10:28) Like (13) Dislike (3) Reply
    Labour minister need to chance no joke
  • Kate (10/06/2015, 10:51) Like (14) Dislike (6) Reply
    who will be the deputy premier pic or myr I think some one will break the ice and make a switch because all is not well in the indian camp chief chief and many indians
    • TRUTH TELELR (10/06/2015, 23:59) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      @kate. Question is, after 6 or 7 months 'WHO IS GOING TO BE YOUR PREMIER'?

  • rattie (10/06/2015, 11:19) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Well saw....
  • Yes (10/06/2015, 11:21) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    Need to make sports and tourism seperate ministry
  • Oberver (10/06/2015, 11:27) Like (27) Dislike (4) Reply
    Myron just good at what he is doing for Education giving him any deputy premier will swell his head.
    Kedrick is good for that post.
  • jack (10/06/2015, 12:42) Like (14) Dislike (2) Reply
    the people have spoken let them take what they get stop the complaining let them continue chopping bush cleaning guts and see if this line of work can use to secure a loan and those homes the good old Dr. is proposing to build for them they will see its the same people with money will be coming in to buy them set of sleepers.
    • Why So Salty (10/06/2015, 13:47) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
      The people have spoken loud and clear, they exercised their democratic rights. At this time it was in the best interest of the BVI to keep the present government. You guys must look at the big picture and put country over self.

      Ps. Stop being so salty, the votes have been counted, the race wasn't even close so that means the people knew what they wanted and you appear to be apart of the disgruntled 5% and we all know in a democratic society the majority rules. SO suck it up and get on with your life.
      • sad (10/06/2015, 14:46) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
        If you believe that this was a completely fair election, you are crazy. But carry on...
  • me (10/06/2015, 13:10) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
    You all need to just wait and see what will happen then Talk
  • facts man (10/06/2015, 13:50) Like (22) Dislike (35) Reply
    four more years of conflict of interst and bad governace
  • Blessed by God (10/06/2015, 16:30) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    I was upset then I felt sorry for my people. Selling out for money. What you don't know is that you are selling out the future of your children also. You are going to make things harder for them with the NDP in once again. In the future if God raises me I will not be afraid to expose the works of darkness of any Politician. If God is for me who can be against me.
  • me (10/06/2015, 16:40) Like (6) Dislike (6) Reply
    Too much obeah, money and lies ndp must go!
  • Street reporter (10/06/2015, 16:42) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    This is not the wishes of the street people, they wanted a new minister of health--preferable a Doctor. And the Present minister step down for health reason, Out of touch with the masses when 80% complain about high rates and they are ignored and take a back seat, ---the street people are calling for doctor Pickering or Doctor Oneal to be Health Minister------Reporting from the Street.
    • voiceofthevoiceless (10/06/2015, 18:56) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      A Dr cannot be Minister of Health for the obvious 'conflict of interest' reasons. He works with the hospital staff all the time and now you appoint him Minister of Health. Then again with all the conflicting interests in the Government it may well be par for the course.

      Just saying.
  • Worker (10/06/2015, 17:01) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Take it as it comes . You voted them in so they can do whatever they want now. Neither you nor your voice is important anymore. You got paid for your votes now go sit down. They will need you again in the next three and a half years hopefully it will be a snap election and you all wouldn't snap by them
  • VI Realist (10/06/2015, 19:34) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    A lot of Obeah went into this election and many persons know this! God is a God of love but also a God of wrath. I know this comment will receive a lot of negative response(s) but I don't care one bit. God doesn't sleep nor slumber!
  • the heads have it (10/06/2015, 21:37) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    ya'll looking good gentlemen, but how you all heads swell up so...has the money and power gone to you all heads...some people may soon have to get on a diet plan...

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