What is believed to be one of the greatest surprises of the 2019 General Elections was the crushing defeat of NDP Chairman Myron Walwyn, who up to recently, was known as one of the single biggest vote-pullers in an election.
That reputation vanished when voters chose not to re-elect him to the House of Assembly for a third consecutive term. Even Walwyn’s political rival, Premier Andrew Fahie, said he was surprised.
“I’m going to be honest with you, it really shocked me. Although I was knowing the VIP’s four At-Large [candidates] had a chance to win, it shocked me … I believe in my team. It’s not to say that they could not win. But, from all indications you were hearing, you would have thought that he (Walwyn) would have still been up there,” Premier Fahie said.
“But once you’re in politics anything is possible,” he added.
Now that Fahie has been sworn in as the BVI’s new Premier, the territory awaits to learn how he intends to assign the five ministerial portfolios among his eight-member team. Notably, if the VIP stays true to its manifesto, a sixth ministerial portfolio — Tourism — could be created.
The five already existing ministerial portfolios include the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Natural Resources & Labour, the Ministry of Health & Social Development, the Ministry of Education & Culture, and the Ministry of Communications & Works.
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