Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands

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Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands
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Incumbent
Rufus Ewing
MP

since 13 November 2012
Style The Honourable
Appointer Governor of the Turks and Caicos Islands
Term length At the Governor's pleasure
Formation 31 August 1976
First holder

James Alexander George Smith McCartney

as Chief Minister
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the Turks and Caicos Islands

The Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands is the political leader and head of government. The post of Premier is the equivalent to Chief Minister or Prime Minister in other British Overseas Territories. It is the highest political level that can be attained within the British colonial system. Prior to 2006, the position was known as the Chief Minister of the Turks and Caicos Islands. The Premier and Cabinet (consisting of all the most senior ministers) are collectively accountable for their policies and actions to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, to the Legislative Assembly, to their political party and ultimately to the electorate. The current Premier is Mr. Rufus Ewing, since 13 November 2012.

Background[edit]

A new constitution, after being laid in the Turks and Caicos parliament and receiving Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's signature, entered into force on 9 August 2006. The new constitution of the Turks and Caicos Islands changed the title of Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister to Premier and Deputy Premier. Although Michael Misick did not step down, or leave office at the time, simply for clarity this article shows his title of Chief Minister ending 9 August, as well as his new title of Premier beginning on the same date to define the time frame of each title. :)

On 14 August 2009, the United Kingdom suspended the Turks and Caicos' self-government after allegations of ministerial corruption. The prerogative of the ministerial government and the House of Assembly are vested in the islands' incumbent governor for a period of up to two years, with possible extensions.

Chief Ministers of the Turks and Caicos Islands[edit]

Incumbent Tenure Political affiliation
Took office Left office
James Alexander George Smith McCartney 31 August 1976 9 May 1980 People's Democratic Movement
Oswald Skippings 19 June 1980 November 1980 People's Democratic Movement
Norman Saunders November 1980 28 March 1985 Progressive National Party
Nathaniel Francis 28 March 1985 25 July 1986 Progressive National Party
Office suspended July 1986 March 1988
Oswald Skippings 3 March 1988 April 1991 People's Democratic Movement
Washington Misick April 1991 31 January 1995 Progressive National Party
Derek Hugh Taylor 31 January 1995 15 August 2003 People's Democratic Movement
Michael Misick 15 August 2003 9 August 2006 Progressive National Party

Premiers of the Turks and Caicos Islands[edit]

Incumbent Tenure Political affiliation
Took office Left office
Michael Misick 9 August 2006 23 March 2009 Progressive National Party
Galmo Williams 23 March 2009 14 August 2009 Progressive National Party
Office suspended 14 August 2009 13 November 2012
Rufus Ewing 13 November 2012 Incumbent Progressive National Party

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