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Governor leaves, tells politicians choose wisely

Governor Duncan bids farewell to the Premier of the Virgin Islands and other individuals on the receiving line

Shortly before he left the British Virgin Islands on August 7, then governor John Duncan urged local politicians to make wise choices that will benefit the territory.

“This country, like many around the world, has many challenges ahead. The future of this country is in your hands as the elected representatives. I hope you will choose wisely on the path ahead and I wish you God’s speed,” he said during a ceremony held at Government House a day before his departure.

Privately owned media houses were not allowed to attend, but the Government Information Service reports that persons in attendance included Premier Dr D Orlando Smith, Dr Robert Mactavious, as well as senior public officers and staff from the Governor’s Office/Government House.

Officers of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force detachment presented arms to the governor, whose standard (flag) was lowered and presented to him.

“It’s a sad day when you take down your standard, but three years have come to an end,” Governor Duncan said while he expressed gratitude to public sector workers.

He took office on August 15, 2014 and was the 12th Governor of the British Virgin Islands.

Governor Duncan will be succeeded by Augustus ‘Gus’ Jaspert, who is scheduled to arrive in the territory this month.

Superintendent of Police Jacqueline Vanterpool presents Governor Duncan with the Governor’s Standard

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