Turks & Caicos Islands attorney becomes first female premier

Sharlene Cartwright, a lawyer, has become the first female premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands after leading the People’s Democratic Movement (PDM) party to victory in the December 15th general elections.

When the official results were eventually announced, the PDM had won 10 of the 15 seats and the Progressive National Party (PNP) five seats.

PNP leader Premier Dr. Rufus Ewing lost his seat. Ewing first came to power in 2012, three years after Britain suspended the Turks & Caicos government and took day-to-day control of the jurisdiction, amid a widespread government corruption scandal.

A number of former government ministers remain on trial including former Premier Michael Misick and his former minister McAllister “Piper” Hanchell. Both men, who have professed their innocence, ran in the elections and lost.

Mr. Misick placed 11th among the 21 at-large candidates.

 

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