First premier loses post

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Then-Premier McKeeva Bush was arrested 11 December in connection with ongoing police investigations.

He was taken into custody on suspicion of theft in connection with financial irregularities relating to the alleged misuse of a government credit card and breach of trust, abuse of office and conflict of interest, contrary to S13, S17 and S19 of the Anti-Corruption Law 2008 in connection with the alleged importation of explosive substances without valid permits on or before February 2012.

As of press time, he had not been charged with a crime.

Mr. Bush was released on police bail until February following two days of questioning.

His first action after being dethroned was to travel to Jamaica to deliver a commencement address on integrity, although the university decided to hold off on awarding him an honorary doctorate it had promised.

What followed were several days of behind-the-scenes politicking, which resulted in a no-confidence vote against the government and Governor Duncan Taylor revoking Mr. Bush’s appointment as premier.

The governor named Juliana O’Connor-Connolly as premier, to head up a minority government consisting of five United Democratic Party members. The new cabinet comprised Ms O’Connor-Connolly, Rolston Anglin, Cline Glidden, Mark Scotland and Dwayne Seymour.

The governor made the move so the country would not have to call early elections, keeping the 22 May, 2013, day set as Election Day. Just as the Chamber was going to press, Governor Taylor said he would file an order pushing back the date to register to vote, allowing those eligible to sign up and go to the polls.

 

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