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Governor Appoints New Premier

His Excellency the Governor of the Cayman Islands, Duncan Taylor, has today made the following statement:

“Following the passing in the House yesterday of the Motion of lack of confidence in the government, I consulted the Honourable Premier, as required under Section 51(1) of the Constitution. The Premier responded in writing this morning suggesting that I dissolve the Legislative Assembly. After careful consideration and using my discretion as the Constitution entitles me to do, I have decided not to dissolve the Assembly but to revoke the appointment of the Premier. Formal notification of my decision has now been given to him. As a consequence, all Ministers have vacated their office, as required under Section 52(2) of the Constitution.

Section 49(2) of the Constitution states: “Where a political party gains a majority of the seats of elected members of the Legislative Assembly, the Governor shall appoint as Premier the elected member of the Assembly recommended by a majority of the elected members who are members of that party.” Following representations made to me by a majority of UDP MLAs advising that they support the appointment of Juliana O’Connor-Connolly, JP, MLA as Premier of the Cayman Islands, I have this morning appointed her in this capacity. I await her advice on the appointment of Ministers.

I am satisfied that the Honourable Juliana O’Connor-Connolly can form a stable, functioning government.

I would like to congratulate the Honourable Juliana O’Connor-Connolly on her appointment as Premier. I will issue a further statement following the appointment of Ministers.”

19 December 2012

For further information contact: Lennon Christian