Dr Wheatley sworn in as Premier! New cross-party gov’t also installed

It’s official! Dr Natalio Wheatley is the new Premier and Minister of Finance of the British Virgin Islands.

He was sworn in at Government House moments ago after Governor John Rankin revoked the appointment of disgraced Premier, Andrew Fahie, from that post.

Delivering his first address as Premier at the swearing in ceremony, Dr Wheatley said: “I’m very proud to stand before you today, now officially as Premier of the Virgin Islands. As Premier, I pledge to carry out my duties of office with honesty and integrity and to always do what is in the best interest of the people of the Virgin Islands.”

“I am also proud to lead this National Unity Government that reflects the hunger in our community for unity. This swearing ceremony represents another important and necessary step in the process of renewing our cherished democracy and reforming our institutions and systems of government. It is my hope that this day will be remembered as the day we began a new era of democratic governance in the territory,” Dr Wheatley added.

Other members of the new cross-partisan government have now also been sworn in.

More to come.

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