Premier of the British Virgin Islands

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Premier of the British Virgin Islands
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Incumbent
Dr. Orlando Smith
OBE

since 9 November 2011
Style The Honourable
Appointer Governor of the British Virgin Islands
Term length At the Governor's pleasure
Formation April 1967
First holder

Hamilton Lavity Stoutt

as Chief Minister
Website Office of the Premier
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This article is part of a series on the
politics and government of
the British Virgin Islands

The Premier of the British Virgin Islands is the head of government for the British Virgin Islands. As a British Overseas Territory, the Premier is appointed by the Governor on behalf of the Monarchy of the United Kingdom, currently Queen Elizabeth II.[1] Until 2007, the head of government was known as the Chief Minister.[2]

Since the 1967 constitution was adopted, only five people have served as Premier of Chief Minister, and each of them except for Cyril Romney has served at least two full terms. Lavity Stoutt is the only former leader to have won more than two general elections however (he won five).

List of Chief Ministers and Premiers[edit]

Term Incumbent Party Title Notes
Start End
14 April 1967 2 June 1971 H. Lavity Stoutt UP Chief Minister 1st Term
2 June 1971 12 November 1979 Willard Wheatley UP Chief Minister
12 November 1979 11 November 1983 H. Lavity Stoutt VIP Chief Minister 2nd Term
11 November 1983 1 October 1986 Cyril Romney UP Chief Minister
1 October 1986 14 May 1995 H. Lavity Stoutt VIP Chief Minister 3rd Term
15 May 1995 17 June 2003 Ralph T. O'Neal VIP Chief Minister 1st Term
17 June 2003 23 August 2007 D. Orlando Smith NDP Chief Minister 1st Term
23 August 2007 9 November 2011 Ralph T. O'Neal VIP Premier 2nd Term
9 November 2011 Incumbent D. Orlando Smith NDP Premier 2nd Term

Party affiliations are as follows:

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Virgin Islands Constitution Order 2007 (SI 2007/1678)
  2. ^ The Virgin Islands (Constitution) Order 1976 (SI 1976/2145), as amended by 1979/1603, 1982/151, 1991/2871 and 1994/1638