Published On: Wed, Nov 14th, 2012

New Turks and Caicos premier sworn-in

PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands – Governor Ric Todd swore in Dr Rufus Ewing of the Progressive National Party (PNP) as the new premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) on Tuesday.

This ceremony took place at the Governor's Office in Grand Turk following the PNP's victory in the TCI general election which took place on Friday, 9 November 2012.

The PNP won eight seats in the House of Assembly, with the People's Democratic Movement (PDM) winning seven.

Following his swearing in, Ewing will now advise the governor of his intended ministers.

Once advised, Todd intends to swear in the new ministers on Wednesday.

This will be ahead of their first cabinet meeting, which is chaired by the governor, on Wednesday. The other members of the cabinet include the deputy governor, Anya Williams, and attorney general Huw Shepheard.

One of the first agenda points will be to decide when the TCI House of Assembly will be recalled. This is expected to be during the week of 26 November, but this is for the cabinet to decide.

"As I have said throughout the election process, this marks the beginning of a new chapter in the history of the TCI," said Todd.

"It is a real honour and privilege to swear in a premier. I look forward to working with Premier Ewing and his ministerial team to continue the ongoing effort to make the TCI a more open, accountable and better managed society. We have much to do and we both look forward to jointly facing our challenges."

Source: Caribbean News Now

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