New Jamaica PM retains security, finance chiefs

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Posted: Oct 24, 2011 6:33 PM
New Jamaica PM retains security, finance chiefs

Jamaica's new prime minister has left two prominent ministries unchanged and says he will announce the rest of his Cabinet later in the week.

Andrew Holness was sworn in Sunday as Jamaica's leader. The 39-year-old lawmaker took over from Bruce Golding, who stepped down after four years as prime minister.

On Monday, Holness announced that Finance Minister Audley Shaw and National Security Minister Dwight Nelson have retained their posts. He says his government could not afford to "have any gaps at all" in those ministries.

Holness says the rest of his Cabinet will be appointed before the week is up.

During his inaugural address, Holness said he intended to keep the education portfolio as prime minister. He had served as education chief under Golding.