The National, Tuesday March 4th, 2014
Deputy Prime Minister Grand Chief Leo Dion has commended outgoing ministers William Duma and David Arore for accepting the decision of Prime Minister Peter O’Neill in his Cabinet reshuffle.
Speaking as deputy leader of The Triump Heritage Empowerment (THE) party,Dion acknowledged the maturity, humility and understanding of the ministers, saying “their humility not only demonstrates maturity but the interests of the nation ahead of their own.”
O’Neill’s reshuffle saw Duma and Arore stripped of the mining and higher education ministries respectively.
Dion gave his assurance that THE party remained fully committed to the O’Neill-led government as coalition partners.
“There are many rumours and speculations that are being deliberately generated and circulated by opportunists to create excitement and destabilise the government,” Dion said.
“There is no need for this.
“We acknowledge and respect the prerogative of the prime minister in (the) appointing of his cabinet.
“There can be only one prime minister and one deputy prime minister and indeed the same for all portfolios.”