Interim TCI Cabinet in place pending British direct rule

PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos, March 27, 2009 – Six new ministers have been sworn into what is being considered an interim Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) Cabinet.

It is expected they will carry out their duties only until the end of the next month, by which time the final report from the Commission of Inquiry into alleged corruption by former premier Michael Misick and other senior officials should be completed, and legislation for Britain to impose direct rule should come into force.

Finance and Health Minister Royal Robinson, Minister of Home Affairs and Human Services Karen Delancy, Tourism and Airports Authority Minister Wayne Garland, Education, Youth and Sports Minister Amanda Missick, Natural and Coastal Resources Minister Gregory Lightbourne, and the Housing, Works, Public Safety and Telecommunications Minister Samuel Been, will work with the new Premier Galmore Williams who took over leadership of the country this week.

The new Cabinet was sworn in by Governor Gordon Wetherell who will take over the day-to-day running of the British Overseas Territory after the final report of the Commission is submitted.

It was based on the recommendations of the Commission’s interim report that the British government decided to partially suspend the Constitution, effectively leaving the territory with no Cabinet or Parliament.

The TCI Constitution Interim Amendment Order which was laid in the British parliament on Wednesday, did not give an exact date for the takeover but said that would be decided by the Governor.

Governor Wetherell has already said that unless it becomes necessary to make the move before, it will happen after receipt of the corruption report.