Hans King, who served as press secretary to Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves, has moved on from the post, after almost 13 years.
King, on Friday, took up his new post, as acting General Manager of National Properties Ltd., a state-owned company into which a large amount of state-owned land and other assets are vested.
King, a former journalist, became press secretary to Gonsalves after the murder of Glen Jackson in March 2006.
Jackson, also a former journalist, became press secretary to Gonsalves in March 2001 after the victory of the Unity Labour Party, on whose behalf he had waged a years-long campaign as he transitioned from journalism to political communications.
iWitness News is not aware of the government having made any formal announcements about King’s exit from the post, which came after weeks of whispers in media circles.
In a post on Facebook Thursday night, King said:
“January 31, 2019, twelve years and 8 months as Press Secretary to the Prime Minister. Thank you Comrade for the awesome opportunity to serve you and the people of SVG. Thank you comrade and friends, staff of the PMO, my friend Elson Crick, my wife Faylene King, my mother-in-law, kids, all of cabinet, the media, everyone.
“Tomorrow a new day begins and a new chapter, new challenges.”
King’s departure has triggered some speculation about who would become the new press secretary to the prime minister, or if one would be appointed at all.