New Government In The Turks And Caicos Islands

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Sharlene Cartwright Robinson born to Turks Island parents in The Bahamas in 1971 and therefore a Bahamian by birth is now the Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands, having defeated outgoing Premier Rufus Ewing.  The result was 10 for her Peoples Democratic Movement and four for the outgoing Progressive National Movement with one undeclared.  Mrs. Cartwright Robinson is expected to be sworn in on Monday 19th December.  The Foreign Minister of The Bahamas Fred Mitchell offered congratulations to the new administration.  Michael Missick, the former Premier, who is on trial for corruption offences also lost his bid to return to the House.  The following is the statement by the Government of The Bahamas:

For immediate release

16 December 2016

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration extends congratulations to Ms Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson and the People’s Democratic Movement on having won the majority of seats in the general elections held 15 December in the Turks and Caicos Islands.  The people of the Turks and Caicos are also to be commended on the conduct of a free and democratic process resulting in the election of the party and leader of their choice.  The Bahamas expects to maintain as usual cordial and friendly relations with the Turks and Caicos.  A Diplomatic Note has been sent to the Government of the Turks and Caicos Islands.