The Cayman Islands new government and opposition benches took their final shape Wednesday morning, as all 18 Members of the Legislative Assembly took the oath of office on the steps of the LA building in downtown George Town with Governor Duncan Taylor administering..
The ceremony then moved into the LA building, where Juliana O’Connor-Connolly was formally nominated as Speaker of the House, a position she last held a decade ago and Cabinet members were to be officially confirmed.
Former Premier McKeeva Bush was nominated as Leader of the Opposition, a position he held between 2005 and 2009 during the first Progressives administration. Bodden Town MLA was nominated as deputy Speaker of the House.
As expected, new George Town MLA Roy McTaggart was nominated as Public Accounts Committee chairman.
Aside from providing pomp and circumstance appropriate of the occasion, the first meeting of the new government also answered some lingering questions about who would be teaming up with whom under the new governing arrangement.
Not counting Ms O’Connor-Connolly who, as speaker, will not get to vote in LA matters, Premier Alden McLaughlin will have 11 people total in his new government. That includes himself, eight Progressives party members and two independents, Tara Rivers and Winston Connolly.
United Democratic Party Leader McKeeva Bush sat in the customary opposition leader’s chair aside his colleagues Bernie Bush and Capt. Eugene Ebanks.
In the “south-east” corner of the assembly floor, independent member Roy McTaggart fit in between returning incumbent independents Arden McLean and Ezzard Miller.