Deputy Premier and Minister for Natural Resources and Labour, Dr Kedrick Pickering is now Acting Premier.
Dr Pickering will act in the post for a week, in the absence of Premier Dr D Orlando Smith who is said to be away on private business.
Dr Smith will be away from October 11 to 18.
Honourable Pickering’s appointment is in accordance with Section 55 (1) of the Virgin Islands Constitution Order, 2007, government said in a media release on Thursday.
The section of the Constitution referenced above states: “If the Premier is expected to be absent from the Virgin Islands for more than 48 hours, the Governor shall authorise the Deputy Premier to perform the functions of the office of Premier; and the Governor shall revoke this authority on the return to the Virgin Islands of the Premier.”
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