Sierra Leonean president announces new cabinet ministers
FREETOWN, Jan 06, 2013 (Xinhua via COMTEX) --
Newly elected Sierra Leonean
President Ernest Bai Koroma has named his new cabinet of 16
ministers one month after he was sworn-in.
The names of the appointed ministers were announced through
state radio late Saturday night. Four more ministerial
appointments -- Tourism, Sports, Labor, Political and Public
Affairs -- are to be announced. The office of the President said
they "will be announced shortly."
Compared to the last cabinet, seven ministers were retained and
four relocated. A new ministry, Ministry of Water Resources, was
set up detached from the Energy Ministry.
The new minister of Trade and Industry, Boie Kamara, is one of
the 19 presidential contestants of the main opposition, Sierra
Leone People's Party (SLPP), but later joined the ruling All
People's Congress (APC) months before the national election.
Among those reassigned is former Foreign Minister Joseph Dauda
who is now Internal Affairs Minister and Alpha Kanu, formerly
Minister for Political and Public Affairs, now the new Minister of
Information and Communications.
Retaining their ministerial portfolios included Defense
Minister Major Palo Conteh, Agriculture Minister Dr Sam Sesay and
Mineral Resources Minister Minkailu Mansaray.
The entire cabinet would need approval from the parliament.
Reactions to the new cabinet seemed to be mixed. Some political
analysts here observed it was just a reshuffle as there was not
too much change from the old cabinet. John Cole, a lecturer at the
University of Sierra Leone, described it as a mere musical chairs
as it was like shifting one minister from one ministry to another.
Commenting on the appointment, Director of Communications in
President's Office Unisa Sesay said the list so far is all
embracing, reflecting a mixture of the young and old with
attention being paid to women and the handicapped.
"It is a reflection of the President's policy to get all
onboard to move Sierra Leone forward," he said.
Sierra Leone's National Electoral Commission (NEC) announced
Nov. 23, 2012 that Ernest Bai Koroma has been re-elected as Sierra
Leone's President for a second term with 58.7 percent of vote
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