Mr. Jack replaces Mr. Dinwiddy as governor

Britain has appointed a seasoned diplomat who directed Iraq policy and held posts in Japan as the new governor of the Cayman Islands.

Stuart Jack, 56, will replace Gov. Bruce Dinwiddy, who is retiring, the British Caribbean territory’s government announced Saturday.

Jack, who will take over the office in November, held several diplomatic positions in Tokyo since he started his career in 1972. Last year, he directed Britain’s Iraq policy, the government said.

His appointment comes as the territory’s newly elected government seeks to restart talks with Britain on constitutional reform, a process some hope will transfer more power to the territory’s elected officials.

The governor sets the agenda for the Cayman Islands Cabinet and must sign all laws approved by the British Caribbean territory’s government.

Last year, Dinwiddy also enacted the Emergency Powers Act following Hurricane Ivan, widening his authority. Dinwiddy used the act to impose an almost two-month curfew until electricity was restored to most of the territory, a measure intended to deter crime.

The three-island territory of 45,000 people is the world’s fifth largest financial centre.

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