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Premier Addresses Challenge to Minister

I have been made aware that an election petition challenging the legitimacy of the election of Minister Tara Rivers has been filed in the Grand Court by Mr. Gordon Hewitt, husband of Mrs. Velma Hewitt, a candidate in the recent elections in West Bay.

It is disappointing and unfortunate that such a challenge is being made at this late stage. These are difficult times for the Cayman Islands and the new government needs to be able to settle in and begin to tackle the many pressing problems it faces without the distraction and uncertainty created by this petition. This issue must therefore be resolved expeditiously.

I have spoken to Minister Rivers and she has advised me that she intends to vigorously defend her election. I have assured her that she continues to enjoy the confidence and support of the government and of me as Premier.

For further information contact: Suzette Ebanks