Bermuda’s new premier to be sworn in

HAMILTON, Bermuda, October 30, 2006 – Bermuda’s former Deputy Premier Dr. Ewart Brown is slated to be sworn in Monday as the British-dependent territory’s new leader.

Brown, a medical doctor and naturalized American citizen, won 107 to 76 over Premier Alex Scott Friday night in a Progressive Labor Party leadership challenge. Speaking to the media after the results, Brown, 60, told reporters according to the Bermuda Sun, “I am eternally grateful to the delegates. I made promises to them that I will keep. It’s just sinking in at the moment.” He also pledged to focus on poverty and childcare.

Brown was deputy premier and minister of tourism and transport until earlier this month when he resigned to contest the position of premier with Scott. He is a graduate of Howard University with a B.Sc in Chemistry and an MD. He also has an MPH from the University of California, Los Angeles and spent many years as a medical doctor at Vermont-Century Medical Clinic in Los Angeles.

Scott became the Premier in 2003 over Jennifer Smith, who then led the island of 68,500 residents. (Hardbeatnews.com)