Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves did not deny nor confirm yesterday that his son, this country’s outgoing Ambassador to the United Nations, Camillo Gonsalves will be appointed a senator.
Government senator, Elvis Charles, is slated to become head of the Housing and Land Development Corporation and it is believed that the younger Gonsalves could replace him.
Asked on radio yesterday about a possible senatorial appointment for his son, the Prime Minister said he has asked Ambassador Gonsalves to come home, after his “successful” five-year tour of duty at the United Nations.
“Now, he is back, he will be given an assignment but I am not going to say what assignment he will be given,” the Prime Minister said.
“In due course, we will say what assignment that the Prime Minister allocates to this very outstanding young man, just like when you finish your studies, I will expect that you will hold discussion with the prime minister as to how you want to see your career going,” Gonsalves said to the host of the programme, broadcasting on his party’s radio station.
“Now, there are a lot of people out there who are speculating. Unfortunately, my brother, I don’t run the government like that. I will make announcement in due course. You will hear in due course who is the person who is to be appointed to succeed Camillo at the United Nations,” Gonsalves said.
“We are doing a lot of refreshing in the state administration in this midterm, and we will see some refreshing politically too, which is in accordance with the mandate of the ULP national convention,” said Gonsalves, whose Unity Labour Party government is halfway through a third consecutive term in office.
“I have asked Camillo to come home at the end of a very successful tour of duty at the United Nations, by all assessment, internationally, regionally, nationally. Camillo did an outstanding job for St. Vincent and the Grenadines and the region. Nobody can take that away from him – displayed outstanding ability,” he said.