Prime Minister thanks his former foreign affairs minister, takes on portfolio

ST GEORGE’S, Grenada, May 18, CMC – Embattled Prime Minister Tillman Thomas has thanked his former foreign affairs minister Karl Hood for his services to Grenada and announced that he would take over the portfolio given up by his senior Cabinet minister.

 

In a brief nationwide broadcast on Thursday night, hours after he accepted the resignation of the second senior Cabinet minister within the month, Thomas said that he was urging his other colleagues in government to continue to work for the betterment of the nation.

“In the meantime, I will assume that portfolio, I wish to thank him (Karl Hood) for his service to this nation and wish him well in his future endeavours,” said Prime Minister Thomas in his shortest national broadcast since assuming office nearly four years ago.

“I also take this opportunity to thank my parliamentary colleagues for their support. I urge them to always remember that we are here to respond to the wishes of our people”.

Hood followed tourism, civil aviation and culture minister Peter David in walking out of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) government, but unlike David, he abstained in an opposition inspired vote of no confidence in the Prime Minister on Tuesday.

David voted against the measure, saying that the party would use its own methods to deal with the ongoing internal fighting that has plagued both the government and the party.

Prime Minister Thomas said he would be staging a thanksgiving rally on Sunday in the eastern parish of St. Andrew’s.

The rally, originally planned for earlier this month, was postponed after the NDC executive decided against public meetings and comments to quell mounting instability in the governing party.

“As an act of appreciation and expressions of support for the Government especially in the past two weeks, I in my capacity as Prime Minister, will be holding a national thanksgiving rally at the Grenville car park on Sunday May 20,” he said, urging the “entire nation” to attend.

But NDC officials who attended an executive meeting on Thursday night said there was disagreement as to whether the prime minister should go ahead with his plan to stage the thanksgiving rally on Sunday.

The officials said the meeting felt that Thomas should have resorted to fence mending before any public meetings.

The rally on Sunday will coincide with one organised by the main opposition New National Party (NNP) in the west coast town of Gouyave.