It just took a bit longer than her other four government colleagues.
“My four colleagues resigned almost at the same time and I did later on, I think it was one day last week actually,” Ms O’Connor-Connolly said.
Members of the United Democratic Party said late Tuesday that they were unaware the premier had resigned, but were checking into the matter before making any formal comment.
‘Minority government’ members Deputy Premier Rolston Anglin, Minister Cline Glidden Jr., Minister Mark Scotland and Minister Dwayne Seymour submitted resignation letters to UDP district committees on Saturday 29 December, just prior to meetings where they had been summoned to explain their votes on a ‘no confidence’ motion in government. The vote taken on 18 December in the Legislative Assembly succeeded on a 11-3 margin and was tantamount to former Premier McKeeva Bush’s removal from government last month.
Premier O’Connor-Connolly had not responded to numerous questions about her status within the UDP last week.
“It’s quite easy to explain,” she said on Tuesday. “I took the opinion that I did not have anything against the members of the UDP and I still don’t have anything against them. Once it became very clear that there was a process on foot to have our district committees remove us, all of our Cabinet together felt that it was better for us to resign from the party.
“Mine was just a little bit later, it had no other motive. I am an integral part of this group, despite innuendos.”
She did not give a specific date for when her resignation had been submitted. Stories reporting the lack of a resignation by the premier on Saturday 29 December appeared in the Caymanian Compass on 4 January.
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