Andrew Fahie has officially been sworn in as the new Premier of the British Virgin Islands.
Governor Augustus Jaspert swore in the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) leader on Tuesday afternoon, fewer than 24 hours after the party won a majority eight of the 13 seats that were contested at the 2019 General Elections.
At least two other elected VIP candidates, Territorial At-Large representative Carvin Malone and Seventh District representative Dr Natalio Wheatley were present to witness the swearing in.
Who will become Deputy Premier?
What now remains is for Governor Jaspert to appoint five elected representatives to sit as government ministers on the Fahie administration.
According to Section 52(2) of the Virgin Islands Constitution “ministers shall be appointed by the governor in accordance with the advice of the Premier from among the elected members of the House of Assembly”.
The constitution further said the governor, acting in accordance with the advice of the Premier, shall also appoint one of the ministers as Deputy Premier.
Speaking with BVI News after the VIP’s victory Monday night, Fahie said, up to that point, he had not decided who he will recommend as his deputy.
The full 13 elected representatives
The VIP won four district seats and four Territorial At-large seats. The VIP victors are Fahie, Kye Rymer, Dr Natalio Wheatley, Vincent Wheatley, Sharie de Castro, Neville ‘Sheep’ Smith, Shereen Flax-Charles, and Carvin Malone.
The other five seats went to Progressive Virgin Islands Movement candidate Melvin ‘Mitch’ Turnbull, Progressives United leader Julian Fraser, and the NDP’s three elected candidates Mark Vanterpool, Alvera Maduro-Caines, and NDP Deputy Chairman Marlon Penn.
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