Deputy Chairman of the National Democratic Party (NDP) Marlon Penn has been appointed Leader of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition.
Governor Augustus Jaspert swore in the Eighth District Representative on Thursday, approximately 48 hours after VIP government leader Andrew Fahie was sworn in as Premier of the Virgin Islands.
A media release from the NDP said opposition members Mark Vanterpool (Fourth District Representative) and Alvera Maduro-Caines (Sixth District Representative) was present to witness Penn’s swearing-in.
“I am always humbled and thankful to the people of the Virgin Islands and my colleagues for the confidences they continue to have in me. I look forward to the work we will do over the next four years to improve the lives of all in our beloved territory,” said Penn, whose appointment as opposition leader also makes him the new chairman of the territory’s Public Accounts Committee.
Penn was thrust in to the leadership of the opposing NDP after party chairman Myron Walwyn failed to get elected at the 2019 General Elections.
Walwyn, who contested a Territorial At-Large seat, said he was confident in the new opposition leader.
“I know that Honourable Penn and our colleagues, Honourable Vanterpool and Honourable Maduro-Caines will effectively serve in their role as members of the opposition. It is an important element of our democracy and our party will continue to support them and all efforts to responsibly advance our territory,” he said.
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