Sierra Leone Cabinet reshuffled

2010-12-04 19:35

Freetown - Sierra Leone President Ernest Koroma reshuffled his Cabinet on Saturday, sacking his justice and trade ministers, and replacing his minister of foreign affairs, according to a statement read over state television.

No reason was given for the move, but it was widely anticipated by local media in recent weeks and comes ahead of Koroma's expected run for re-election in 2012.

According to the statement, Justice Minister and Attorney General Serry Kamal and Trade Minister David Carew were sacked, and replaced by Franklyn Kargbo and Richard Conteh, respectively.

Foreign Minister Zainab Bangura was shifted to head the Health Ministry and was replaced by Joseph Duada, a former vice president under an earlier regime.

Koroma also set up two new ministries - political and public affairs, and youth, employment and sports.

Sierra Leone is among the world's poorest countries and struggling to recover from a civil war that left its infrastructure in ruins.

The country, however, holds rich minerals deposits and the potential of offshore oil reserves.