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Dec 13, 2016

Attorney General Vanessa Retreage Leaves After 1 Year

On Monday night broke the news that Vanessa Retreage was stepping down from Cabinet. This afternoon, Prime Minister Dean Barrow hosted a press conference confirming our report that Attorney General and Minister of Natural Resources Vanessa Retreage was calling it quits from her senatorial and ministerial posts effective the end of December.  Retreage says she is demitting office for personal and professional reasons; she is being succeeded as Attorney General by Speaker of the House of Representatives, Michael Peyrefitte.  Retreage was appointed senator and then made Attorney General a little over a year ago.  Then this year in August, she moved up to Natural Resources where she had to deal with very unpleasant situations, among them, taking on Andre Vega, the son of her predecessor. That announcement about the resignation of one of the cabinet’s members held in high-regard came after the weekly meeting and it was quickly followed by a list of new ministerial assignments. Here is how the PM dealt with the announcement of her departure.


Prime Minister Dean Barrow

“We are here this afternoon to confirm that that is indeed a fact.  In a short while I’ll ask the Attorney General to speak to you, but I should make clear, I should make clear right from the start that it is as the Attorney General put it, I think it was so aptly formulated.  She said that she has not made any decision to leave the Cabinet.  She’s leaving as a consequence of the effluxion of time, the explanation for that being that when I invited the Attorney General to join the Cabinet after the last election she was quiet clear to me that she would do so but only for a year.  She indicated that both in terms of her commitment to her law firm and her law partner, as well as to her family, she would not be able to serve for longer than a year.  So as she put it, that year has now gone by, in fact, you gave us a little bit of bratta and as a consequence she will demit office at the end of this month which, of course, is also the end of the calendar year.  As a consequence of that there are appointments that will have to be made to fill the void and a huge void it will be, left by the departure of the Attorney General.  And we thought that rather than wait until she actually goes to announce the replacement we should do so now so that there will not be any need for people to speculate.”

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3 Responses for “Attorney General Vanessa Retreage Leaves After 1 Year”

  1. spike says:

    The thieves inside the Lands and Surveys Dept. can rest a little easier now. I am sure Ms. Retreage took one look at all the fraud situations she was going to have to clean up, and decided that a mess that big wasn’t worth ANY amount of money. Vallejos, Vega, Williams, etc, you can all return to doing what you do best.

  2. Moreno says:

    Another Udp woman who can’t take bArrow and the udp- this is a mans game and she can’t take heat- just like Tanya herwanger who flew out of here like a bat out of hell and hasn’t been seen or heard from since- great going barrow- you think you know it all and you really can’t run a country- Yu don’t even know what is happening in your own finance ministry

  3. Uncle Benji says:

    There are forces more powerful than Barrow in this country. Forces that may have been part of his cabinet at one time, but have found that being out of politics is best for their many land deals that they have and will continue to acquire.

    These shady forces will stop at nothing to achieve their goals, and anybody that gets in their way run the risk of elimination. These forces do not tolerate criticism, questions or audits. You criticize, you ask questions or dare to audit them, you or your loved ones will join your maker in heaven.

    Barrow is aware of these forces, but too timid to even mention them.

    This is the New Belize in 2016. If the show fits, wear it.

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