When the final results of the 2019 General Elections were read and cheers erupted among the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) camp, the usually quick-witted VIP leader Andrew Fahie said he was left speechless.
“It just left me speechless because I’ve been through so much politically. I’ve been down in this territory politically for such a long time and a lot of it unjustly. But I realised it was not meant to destroy me but rather to help elevate me,” he told BVI News inside the Multi-purpose Sports Complex in Road Town where the results were announced Monday night.
Fahie will be sworn in as the next Premier of the Virgin Islands.
Notably, however, he has inherited the office at a time when the UK is proposing through a report to impose what can be described as radical changes such as same-sex marriage on to the BVI.
How does Fahie intend to handle UK?
The VIP leader was not prepared to divulge how he plans to address this development now that the reigns of the territory have been handed over to himself and the VIP.
“I’ll say nothing right now until I get to the office to see what else is there because usually those reports just don’t fall out of the sky. There are usually other correspondences that came to the government before. If that is so, I have to read them and see where do I chart my course from there,” Fahie said.
He continued: “In most of these decisions, we have to call the people of the Virgin Islands and ask them what do they think about the same-sex marriage. We have to hold discussions with the people.”
As for the VIP’s plans in its first 100 days in office, Fahie said he must first conduct an assessment of the BVI’s finances.
“We want to make sure we go and we put the country back in the people’s hands. All the other things that we said we’re going to do, we’re still going to work on them. But I know it is also contingent on the kind of funding that we meet and that is something I’ve said on the campaign trail all the time. I’ve given you these plans but the timeframe on which they are accomplished would be based also on what you meet when you go and take office.”
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