It’s Premier Alden McLaughlin and Speaker of the House McKeeva Bush … again.

The two long-time political rivals met with Governor Helen Kilpatrick Monday afternoon to confirm they would be forming a coalition government of “national unity” for the 2017-2021 legislative session.

After five days of steady negotiation, Mr. McLaughlin managed to cobble together a 12-person government consisting of all seven elected Progressives party members, including himself, all three elected Cayman Democratic Party members and two independents. The independent members were Prospect MLA Austin Harris and West Bay South MLA Tara Rivers.

Progressives Deputy Leader Moses Kirkconnell was confirmed as deputy premier.

Mr. McLaughlin said he was seeking cooperation from two more independent members in joining the government, but he did not have confirmation of those individuals joining the government as of Monday afternoon.

The Legislative Assembly is due to meet Wednesday morning to swear in its new members, name Mr. Bush as Speaker and Mr. McLaughlin as premier.

Mr. McLaughlin said it was too early to discuss ministerial positions, but noted that he had offered Bodden Town East MLA Dwayne Seymour such a post if Mr. Seymour was inclined to join the government.

“I’m still hopeful we get on board a couple more of the independents so that we truly have a government of national unity,” Mr. McLaughlin said. “I didn’t want four years of battling over nonsense and personality clashes.”

Please see Tuesday’s editions for the full story …

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  1. I’m still hopeful we get on board a couple more of the independents so that we truly have a government of national unity,” Mr. McLaughlin said. “I didn’t want four years of battling over nonsense and personality clashes.”

    This ‘cobbled up’, ‘horse-traded’ coalition of rival political opponents is supposed to magically produce a functioning Cayman Islands government ?

    Ministerial positions being doled out as rewards for joining the ‘gang’ without any concerns about experience and qualifications for the most important decision-making roles in the country ?

    The last PPM-led coalition government barely limped over the finish line to this election with the barest majority after defections from MLAs who had been ‘roped in’ in exactly the same manner and for the same purpose.

    Who is willing to take bets on how long this ‘tacked together’ government will last before the cracks in these alliances begin to appear ?

    From a distance…this political clique appears to be nothing more than a gaggle of power-crazy, self-serving individuals who have themselves…and theirs…first…and the Cayman Islands a distant last.

    And the party is only just getting started.

    Watch the ride !

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  2. Ricardo, it is one thing to be a sore loser but do you have to twist the truth.You state that the last PPM administration barely limped over the finish line with a majority ‘after defections from MLAs who had been ‘roped in’ in exactly the same manner and for the same purpose’ which is untrue as two of those defections were by persons who were members of the PPM and had campaigned as such.There was one MLA ( not multiple MLAs) who defected who had not campaigned as PPM. You seem to wishing for the Government to fail; luckily for Cayman and Caymanians, wishing doesn’t make it so.

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