Dartmouth East MLA Andrew Younger has requested temporary leave from cabinet for "personal matters that require his full attention," the premier's office confirmed Tuesday.

Stephen McNeil's office said Younger's portfolio's — energy, communications Nova Scotia and part of the Gaming Control Act — have been temporarily reassigned. 

Economic and Rural Development and Tourism Minister Michel Samson will take over Younger's portfolios temporarily. Younger remains the MLA for Dartmouth East.