Premier David Burt has opted to reduce the number of Cabinet Ministers to eleven saying fiscal responsibility starts at the top. He has also decided to hold on to the Ministry of Finance while serving as the Premier of Bermuda.
Walter Roban continues as Deputy Leader of the Progressive Labour Party and as the new Minister of Transport.
Kathy Simmons is now the new Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, she was also appointed to the Upper House as one of five senators.
Walton Brown is now the new Minister of Home Affairs, Kim Wilson has been sworn in as the new Minister of Health, a post previously held by Jeanne Atherden.
Colonel David Burch is the new Minister of Public Works, taking over the helm from the OBA’s Craig Cannonier.
Newly elected MP Wayne Caines is the new Minister of National Security formerly held by Jeff Baron who was in the Senate.
Zane DeSilva is the new Minister of Social Development and Sport. And the man charged with the Ministry of Education is Diallo Rabain, who has been assigned with the post the PLP said would be their top priority.
MP Jamahl Simmons was sworn in today as the new Minister of Economic Development and Tourism. And Lovitta Foggo takes on a newly created Ministry as Minister of Government Reform.
A total of five Senators were appointed on the recommendation of the Premier by the Governor. Joining Kathy Simmons in the Upper House will be Anthony Richardson, BPSU President Jason Hayward, Vance Campbell and Crystal Caesar. They will be sworn in at the Senate at a later date. And the appointment of Junior Ministers will also be announced in due course.
At the end of the ceremony, Premier Burt thanked all the well wishers for being there, the former Premier Michael Dunkley and his government for their work over the past four years.
He also noted that he met with the family of the young man who lost his life last night due to gun violence.
“Tomorrow we will begin to address the priorities set out in the first 100 days,” he said, in what he promised to be an open and honest government.