Published On: Tue, Dec 18th, 2012

Cayman Islands premier may be ousted by party

GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands – Members of his United Democratic Party (UDP) are on the verge of ousting McKeeva Bush as premier of the Cayman Islands following his arrest last week in connection with a number of ongoing police investigations into alleged theft and corruption.

According to local media, the UDP caucus met over the weekend to decide on the future of the party and the premier, reaching a consensus to remove Bush on Sunday evening.

Party sources reportedly revealed that deputy premier Juliana O’Connor-Connolly would replace Bush as premier, with Rolston Anglin taking the role as deputy premier.

In statement last week following his arrest by police on suspicion of theft in connection to alleged financial irregularities regarding the use of a government credit card and a number of alleged breaches of the Anti-Corruption Law in relation to the importation of explosives, Bush made it clear he has no intention of resigning.

“I have done nothing wrong and I shall not be resigning as premier. I also wish to assure one and all that the government continues to operate as normal,” Bush said in a statement last Thursday.

Ironically, Bush’s probable successor, O’Connor-Connolly, has herself come under fire in recent weeks for overspending public funds by racking up travel and accommodation bills of more than US$250,000 since coming to office in May 2009.

Anglin, in turn, has also had his own legal issues since his arrest last May for driving under the influence of alcohol and careless driving. The current education minister changed his plea to guilty part way through his trial last month and will return before the magistrate for sentencing in March.

By Caribbean News Now contributor

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