Wednesday, 5 January 2011

President John Atta Mills reshuffles cabinet

Ghana's President John Atta Mills has reshuffled his cabinet, keeping key positions such as foreign affairs, finance and defence in place. The President's office, who issued a statement regarding the changes, did not give a reason for the reshuffle. According to the statement, more ministerial changes are expected to be “announced in due course,” but no further details were given.

Martin Amidu, former Interior Minister, replaces Betty Mould-Iddrisu, as the Attorney General and Justice Minister. Mould-Iddrisu will take up a new post as the Education Minister. Sports Minister Akua Sena Dansua is redeployed to the Tourism Ministry, Health Minister Benjamin Kumbour moves to the Interior Ministry, vacated by Amidu, and former Local Government Minister Joseph Yieleh Chireh will be the new Health Minister. The list did not indicate the fate of former Minister of Tourism Zita Okaikoi and his education counterpart Alex Tettey-Enyo.

See list below for the newly appointed cabinet:

1. Attorney-General and Minister for Justice – Martin A. B. K. Amidu

2. Minister for Education – Betty Mould – Iddrisu

3. Minister for Local Government and Rural Development – Ofosu Ampofo

4. Minister for Youth and Sports Designate – Hon. Kofi Humado

5. Minister for Interior – Benjamin Kunbuor

6. Minister for Tourism – Akua Dansua

7. Minister for Health – Hon. Joseph Yieleh Chireh

8. Minister for Lands and Natural Resources – Mike Hammah

9. Minister for Transport – Hon. Collins Dauda

10. Eastern Regional Minister Designate – Kwesi Akyem Apea-Kubi

Sources: AFP, Business Week, Reuters, Vibe Ghana

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