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Premier to Walwyn: ‘Always put the people first’

Premier Dr D Orlando Smith (foreground) beside the new NDP leader, Myron Walwyn.

Having stepped aside as leader of the National Democratic Party (NDP), Premier Dr D Orlando Smith has issued a word advice to his successor, Myron Walwyn.

The Premier, who had been NDP leader for roughly two decades, advised Walwyn to “always keep the people first.”

“The progress and development of this country are what should be uttermost in the mind all the time,” he said.

The Premier gave the advice while offering congratulations to the new NDP leader, the new deputy leader Marlon Penn, and all who were elected during the party’s internal election on Saturday.

Walwyn was elected party leader after defeating his contender, Ronnie Skelton by 17 votes. The results were 68 to 51 votes.

In the race for deputy leader, Penn defeated first-term legislator Melvin ‘Mitch’ Turnbull by 19 votes. The votes were 69 to 50 votes.

Meanwhile, Dr Smith’s time as Premier and territorial leader will officially be complete at the end of his administrations’ term in office, which is in a year.

The Premier said he will use his remaining time as leader to focus on hurricane recovery.

Myron Walwyn is likely to become the next Premier of the territory if the NDP is elected for a third consecutive term in government.

But, if the party loses, the next Premier is likely to be Andrew Fahie.

Neither Fahie nor Walwyn has ever held the post of Premier or Chief Minister.

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  1. Child of God says:

    Always put God first.

  2. native son says:

    NOT THE ISLAND PEOPLE

  3. ah ha says:

    He was pushed aside…That’s why a person without bvi roots will NEVER be premier here.

  4. YES says:

    Walwyn is a man of the people and we got his back.

  5. ndp heckler says:

    Doc need to spend the remainder of his time trying to get back our hard earned 7 plus million dollars from that shady plane deal.

  6. Brad Boynes says:

    Did Orlando followed whathe he is now counseling? How many BVISLANDERS he and his ace spoon —- victimized on their watch?

  7. Tell me says:

    Please someone tell me.
    Did Mr walwyn born in the bvi?

  8. Citizen says:

    No matter where you come from, as long as you are a black man, You are an African.
    There is nothing call a native Bvilander when referring to blacks.
    There are citizen and none citizen. As long as you are born here, you are a born citizen. Everyone of us came from somewhere be 10 or 100 years ago.
    The thing is can we work together to build this country? Or are we going to continue the fight against our African brothers.

  9. Eagle eye says:

    Has Ronnie congratulate Myron yet?

  10. Truth b told says:

    This country is in serious trouble. This man wants to spend money on a festival that really isnt needed than focusing on a PROPER building for our students to get into. Dr Smith said put the people first..hmmm coming from someone who has —– the people over, over, and over.

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