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Ralph O'Neal being appointed as first Premier by Governor David Pearey.

Ralph Telford O'Neal, OBE, born 1933, is the current opposition leader of the British Virgin Islands He was the first person to be appointed to the newly titled office by the Governor on 22 August 2007 under the British Virgin Islands constitution adopted in 2007 after leading the incumbent Virgin Islands Party to a landslide victory in the 2007 general election two days earlier. Ralph O'Neal also served a previous term as Chief Minister of the British Virgin Islands (as the office was referred to under the old constitution) from 1995 (on the death of Lavity Stoutt). He won the subsequent election in 1999, but then subsequently lost power to National Democratic Party led by Orlando Smith in the 2003 general election, although he remained the elected representative for the 9th Electoral district (Virgin Gorda and Anegada), a seat in the Legislative Council that he has held continuously since 1971, and leader of the opposition. (more...)