National Security Minister Stuart Young has pledged “continued commitment” to serve Trinidad and Tobago after Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley announced Sunday that he was replacing him as Communications Minister in a minor change.
Young will be replaced by former junior national security minister, Donna Cox, who will be sworn in later on Monday. Cox, served during the administration of former prime minister Patrick manning but was overlooked for the 2015 general election, which the People’s National Movement won after its defeat at the hands of the coalition People’s Partnership administration in 2010.
A brief message from the Office of the Prime Minister gave no reasons for the removal of Young as Communications Minister, except to say that Rowley had asked President Paula-Mae Weekes to revoke his appointment as well as that of senator Foster Cummings in making way for Cox’s appointment.
In a statement, Young, whom the opposition has dubbed “super minister” said that he wanted to thank Rowley, “for the opportunity to have served as the Minister of Communications in addition to my other ministerial portfolios”.
He said he welcomed Cox’s appointment “and pledge my continued commitment to serve the Country as the Minister of National Security and Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister.
“I have always maintained that it is a privilege to serve and I certainly will continue to give of my best as a servant of the people of Trinidad and Tobago,” he added.