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New TCI premier sworn in

Published: Wednesday November 14, 2012 | 10:26 am Comments 0
New Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands, Dr. Rufus Ewing being sworn in by Governor Ric Todd at his offices today - Contributed
New Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands, Dr. Rufus Ewing being sworn in by Governor Ric Todd at his offices today - Contributed

Janet Silvera, Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:
Dr Rufus Ewing has been sworn in by Governor Ric Todd as the new premier of the Turks and Caisos Islands.


He succeeds exiled former premier Michael Misick who fled the TCI after he became the subject of a criminal probe.

The British Government had earlier suspended the House of Assembly and resumed control of the territory to facilitate the probe a thorough probe of teh administration.

"It is a real honour and privilege to swear in a Premier,” said Governor Tod.

“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."

Premier Ewing will now advise the Governor of his intended ministers, says a media release from Governor Todd's office.

Once advised, Governor Todd intends to swear in the new ministers at his residence in Waterloo, Grand Turk today.

One of the first agenda points will be to decide when the TCI House of Assembly will be recalled.

This is expected to be around November 26, but it is for Cabinet to decide, said the release.

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

Yesterday’s final count of the ballots cast in Friday’s election in Turks and Caicos Island confirmed Progressive National Party (PNP) won eight of the 15 seats in the House of Assembly.

The Opposition People's Democratic Movement had seven.

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