Governor Duncan Taylor revealed that the Sister Islands’ elected representative, who will be the next Speaker of the House, had joined the PPM in his announcement Tuesday of the official appointment of Alden McLaughlin as premier of the Cayman Islands.
“I was today informed that the Hon. Juliana O’Connor-Connolly, MLA, JP has joined the People’s Progressive Movement. This, in effect, gives the PPM a majority of seats in the Legislative Assembly,” said Mr. Taylor. “I subsequently received a recommendation from all the elected members of that party as to who they would wish to be appointed Premier.”
He said that in line with their recommendation, and under Section 49 (2) of the Constitution, he had appointed Mr. McLaughlin, as premier of the Cayman Islands. “I would like to congratulate the new Premier on his appointment,” the governor added.
Up until December, Ms O’Connor-Connolly had been a member of the United Democratic Party and deputy premier of the Cayman Islands. The UDP then split when the party leader McKeeva Bush was ousted as premier by a vote of the majority of the Legislative Assembly, including five members of the UDP, who went on to form the People’s National Alliance.
Those five members of the PNA – Ms O’Connor-Connolly who took on the role of premier, Mark Scotland, Rolston Anglin, Cline Glidden and Dwayne Seymour – ran in the 22 May election, but the only member of that party the electorate returned to office was Ms O’Connor-Connolly.
The PPM is scheduled to hold a press conference at 6pm today, Tuesday, to reveal the make-up of its Cabinet.