Dr Kedrick Pickering is Acting Premier for the next two days.
His appointment comes as Premier Dr D Orlando Smith departed the territory on Thursday, August 2.
Upon making the announcement, the Government Information Service gave no indication whether the premier is off on official business.
Dr Smith’s latest departure comes amid increasing criticism that government members reportedly have been exhausting public funds for what is being described as frequent trips out of the territory.
Government has not responded to any of those accusations.
Premier Smith will return to his post on August 6.
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