Cayman Islands premier removed

GRAND CAYMAN — Cayman Islands lawmakers voted 11-3 yesterday afternoon in favour of a “no confidence” motion against the ruling government.

Premier McKeeva Bush abstained from voting on the motion.

CayCompass.com, a news website from the Cayman Islands, reported that for the first time since the so-called 2001 government “coup d’etat”, lawmakers have effectively removed the head of the current administration, Bush.

Ironically, it was the 2001 change in government that vaulted Bush to power as Leader of Government Business.

However, by the end of the proceedings, it was still not clear whether Cayman would have a reconstituted government or if it would have to dissolve parliament and call for early elections.

The opposition leader, Alden McLaughlin, reportedly started the meeting by stating he was bringing the no confidence motion “with a heavy heart”.

“I am deeply saddened that we have come to this point,” he said. “I cannot say how disappointed I am that the premier has brought us to this point, … the reality that faced with all of this, the premier will still cling … to the office of premier.”

No one else debated the motion before the house. (Observer)

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