Gov. Taylor agrees to new government

Update, 6pm: The new government of the Cayman Islands held its first press conference Wednesday, hours after being formed, to describe the “difficult” decision its members had made to remove former Premier McKeeva Bush from his post and to outline their plans for their remaining five months in power.Newly appointed premier Juliana O’Connor-Connolly vowed that the five-member minority government would operate a transparent, open-door policy.The group described the process that culminated in the five of them making up the new government, saying all eight UDP elected representatives had agreed on Friday to ask Mr. Bush to resign. However, only five had followed through on that decision, leaving them no choice but to support a motion of no confidence in Mr. Bush’s government and then form a new administration.Ms O’Connor-Connolly said that the government had received assurances from independent and opposition members that there would be a quorum in parliament so that the minority government could deal with bills and motions before the House. The new deputy premier, Rolston Anglin, said the situation in which a minority government would operate in parliament would only be effective for about 100 days, as parliament will dissolve in March in preparation for the 22 May election. Premier O’Connor-Connolly said she intended to speak with UK Foreign Office Minister Mark Simmonds by phone Thursday.

Rejecting calls from both former Cayman Islands Premier McKeeva Bush and opposition party members to dissolve the Legislative Assembly, Governor Duncan Taylor has agreed to a new ‘minority’ government with Cayman Brac and Little Cayman MLA Juliana O’Connor Connolly as the new Premier.

“I am satisfied that the Honourable Juliana O’Connor-Connolly can form a stable, functioning government,” Mr. Taylor said in a statement.

The governor’s statement set out the basis for the decision, which means that Cayman will be governed by a minority representative group of five of 15 LA members.

“Following the passing in the House yesterday of the Motion of lack of confidence in the government, I consulted the Honourable Premier, as required under Section 51(1) of the Constitution,” Mr. Taylor wrote in a statement. “The Premier responded in writing [Wednesday] morning suggesting that I dissolve the Legislative Assembly. After careful consideration and using my discretion as the Constitution entitles me to do, I have decided not to dissolve the Assembly but to revoke the appointment of the Premier. Formal notification of my decision has now been given to him. As a consequence, all Ministers have vacated their office, as required under Section 52(2) of the Constitution.

“Section 49(2) of the Constitution states: “Where a political party gains a majority of the seats of elected members of the Legislative Assembly, the Governor shall appoint as Premier the elected member of the Assembly recommended by a majority of the elected members who are members of that party.” Following representations made to me by a majority of UDP MLAs advising that they support the appointment of Juliana O’Connor-Connolly as Premier of the Cayman Islands, I have this morning appointed her in this capacity. I await her advice on the appointment of Ministers.

I would like to congratulate the Honourable Juliana O’Connor-Connolly on her appointment as Premier. I will issue a further statement following the appointment of Ministers.”

Mr. Taylor also announced ministry assignments for the new government.

“Pursuant to section 49(5) of the Constitution, the Honourable Premier, Juliana O’Connor-Connolly, has advised me on who should be appointed as ministers in government. I can now confirm that the following Ministerial appointments have been made:

Juliana O’Connor-Connolly: Premier and Minister of Finance, District Administration, Works, Lands and Agriculture 

Rolston Malachi Anglin: Deputy Premier and Minister of Education, Financial Services and Employment

Dwayne Stanley Seymour: Minister of Community Affairs, Gender and Housing

Jason Mark Philips Scotland: Minister of Health, Environment, Youth, Sports and Culture

Cline Astor Glidden, Jr: Minister of Tourism and Development



Ms O’Connor-Connolly


  1. Chucks!

    And I was hoping early elections for this Christmas, you know, free microwaves, refrigerators, and gifts… we would have had a swell new years :))

    Sorry Alden

  2. My heart bleeds for the Governor. Not enough straw to make even a hollow brick Government.
    Cayman has become a laughing stock, even by Caribbean standards.
    How can we start afresh?

  3. I was listening to the radio this morning and the opposition seems at it’s best when bashing a government that is down on the floor. Nothing new to propose. I wish my best to Mrs. O’Connor-Connolly. Also, I do not vote for any particular party but for the best person. UDP or not. We also need someone that can exprime themself efficiently. Not with repeated words or inconvenient delays like so many.

  4. Personally, I thinks disbanding parliament would have been better. Besides the fact that nobody is happy with the fact that Rolston Malachi Anglin and Dwayne Stanley Seymour were both before the courts themselves this year. How is their conduct befitting of their new roles? And let us not forget, that Honourable Juliana O’Connor-Connolly has not practiced discretion in spending public funds on travel expenses, as intimated in a recent news article.

  5. Congratulations to Ms Juliana well deserved appointment.I wanted to take a moment to say how much I appreciated the great insight you offered at the news time yesterday. Your idea got us all energized about the road ahead, and is
    just the kind of innovative thinking we needed to push our Cayman Islands to the next level.

  6. So let me see if I have this right.

    Mr. Seymour is to be the Minister of Community Affairs, Gender and Housing. This is the ministry under policy is established for Gender and Domestic Abuse issues.

    Is this some kind of cosmic joke?

  7. My congrats to Ms Juliana O’Connor-Connolly, our first FEMALE Premier, and best wishes to our newly appointed ministers.

    My hope is that they get the support they need for a stable and healthy government.

    God has left us with five… and we need to accept them, undermine the past history of who did what, and move forward in a positive way for the country.

    I think the Governor has made a wise and well thought-out decision. He acted very professional and didn’t give in to what McKeeva Bush recommended.

    My blessings and good tidings be to everyone this Christmas and New Years.


  8. Well this new government either will forge alliances with the other 10 non-government members or they will succeed at getting nothing done with gridlock. The Governor should have called new elections. That would be the better option – unless of course the Governor is expressing a preference for one party over the other – not wanting the opposition to get their hands on government – at least not yet.

  9. @Kay The Governor has respected the wishes of the MLAs, duly elected to serve.

    And yes……….the UDP continues to govern.

    Everyone wanted the Premier gone but the members and those in control of the UDP’s decisions will continue to have their way.

    The lesson to learn is that the PPM, C4C too can play musical chairs with their leadership/appointments but now is the time to clean up their membership, ensure they are on the path to lead the Caymanian people and not the interests of a few.

  10. Why break up the current government when elections are right around the corner these other politicians need the time to show the Caymanian people what they are worth if anything. OK now that Bush is out let’s see what the Opposition does now, will they try to sway the people to their side with fascinating new realistic and sustainable ideas for how to fix Caymans issues or will they just turn their bashing on to someone else to make them look like the best choice.

    It seems that the style of Caymanian politics is to bash the ideas other parties have and point out where they are or are not doing while having nothing to offer themselves, With the election just around the corner I still have yet to see anyone say what they would do differently. After the next election when most likely the PPM will be in charge I really want to see what they will do differently with no money to borrow. They rallied people against the Dart deals against the Port Deal against the Shetty Deal against the East End Port and effectively augmented Caymans growth. They along with the UK affectively launched a Campaign against Bush that eventually got him ousted and seemed to have been putting all their energy into this. OK so now it’s done So I want to ask what are you going to do to make things better for Cayman if you are elected?

    It time to put the Bush bashing behind and show people why you are better for Cayman if you can.

    If they are elected I would not be surprised if they suddenly start supporting some of the same things they were against when the UDP was in the driver’s seat.

    I also have to wonder if these investigations against bush will just quietly disappear now that they have accomplished what they most likely always wanted, or if there is real evidence that will see him eventually charged with a crime. It really strikes me as strange the he had to be arrested an humiliated just to have him come in and be questions when there obviously was no evidence to charge him with a crime.

    But now that he’s out, I want to see want the other players have to talk about.

  11. The Governor is very very smart.

    Don’t you all get it. He has put them all under the microscope so that the whole world can now judge them just for what they are or are not. This was a brilliantly executed plan to oust the Man and in one fell swoop expose all those hiding behind that giant shadow.

    Kudos for the Gov’s check and checkmate.

    Never underestimate the UK in these type matters, they use brains not brawn.

  12. Just the fact that so many people disagree with statements saying that politician’s need to prove their value is a sign of why Cayman will find itself back in the same situation after next years election

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