Deputy Governor, David Archer, Jr will be acting in the position of Governor of the British Virgin Islands until Thursday, a government-commissioned release said.
The release said his acting post commenced on Friday, February 14.
“Mr Archer is acting in the absence of His Excellency the Governor Mr Augustus JU Jaspert who is away from the territory on official business,” the release stated.
It continued: “Mr Archer’s appointment is in accordance with section 37 (1) (a) of the Virgin Islands Constitution Order 2007 which states, “During any period when the office of Governor is vacant, or the Governor is absent from the Virgin Islands or is for any other reason unable to perform the functions of his or her office, the Deputy Governor shall, during Her Majesty’s pleasure, act in the office of Governor and shall perform the functions of that office accordingly.”
Notably, the release did not indicate where Governor Jaspert is travelling or the extent of his official business abroad.
The governor has oversight for external affairs, defence and internal security, administration of the courts, and the terms and conditions of public officers, among other things.
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