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Bermuda premier shuffles Cabinet ahead of America’s Cup

San Juan, Jan 16 (EFE).- Bermuda’s Premier Michael Dunkley announced a series of changes in his Cabinet as part of the government’s preparations to host the 2017 America’s Cup yacht race.

Grant Gibbons will step down as minister of Education to concentrate on his responsibilities as minister for Economic Development, the government said Friday in a statement.

Wayne Scott will be the new education minister and Patricia Gordon-Pamplin will be the new chair of the Ministry of Community, Culture and Sport Portfolio.

Former Premier Craig Cannonier will be the next minister of Public Works.

“This change in Cabinet responsibilities could not be avoided given the demands the America’s Cup will create and the huge benefits it can generate for the Bermudian people in the years ahead,” Dunkley said.

The government needs “to maintain centralized direction, control and coordination for this critically important national project,” he added.

The next edition of the America’s Cup, sailing’s most prestigious competition, could pump some $300 million into Bermuda’s struggling economy.