Premier may be forced to step down following arrest

By Admin Wednesday December 19 2012 in Caribbean
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GEORGE TOWN: Despite his determination not to step down, McKeeva Bush may have to relinquish his post as premier of the British Overseas Territory.

 

Members of the ruling United Democratic Party (UDP) must decided to replace Bush or face dissolution of the Legislative Assembly by Governor of the Cayman Islands, Duncan Taylor.

 

Last weekend, members of the UDP met to determine the fate of the party and Bush, who was arrested at his home last Tuesday by the Royal Cayman Island Police on suspicion of theft and corruption-related allegations.

 

As of press time, a decision had not been announced if Bush would remain premier, a post which he became the first person in the Cayman Islands to hold following the implementation of the current Constitution Order in November, 2009.

 

Bush who is now on police bail until February, has not been charged by the police in relation to any of the allegations, and has accused Taylor of being “vindictive and petty” as he insisted his arrest and the police investigations were a political witch hunt as a result of his standing up to the United Kingdom.

 

Initially, Bush was supported by his UDP colleagues when news broke last year that he was the subject of three police probes.

 

Last Friday, Opposition Leader, Alden McLaughlin, submitted a letter to Speaker of the House, Mary Lawrence, requesting that she convene a special meeting of the Legislative Assembly in order to debate a no confidence motion against the UDP government.

 

If Lawrence refuses to convene a meeting, McLaughlin said he would seek to obtain the legally required seven signatures in order to hold the meeting without her consent.

 

“The current state of affairs presents a matter of the gravest national importance,” McLaughlin wrote. “There is no question but that this situation has already done immense harm to our credibility as an international business centre and as a place to work and do businesses.”

 

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