Anguilla’s Governor and Chief Minister in Disagreement

Anguilla News reported that the governor, Alistair Harrison, has issued a statement indicating that he will not be signing the 2011 Budget presented prior to Christmas by the Chief Minister and Minister of Finance Hubert Hughes.



Reasons for the decision were not presented, other than saying that the UK ministers will be writing to the government of Anguilla explaining the background to that decision.

Meanwhile, the chief minister has renewed his call for the tiny island to be granted independence by the United Kingdom.

Anguilla is one of the five territories in the region are still under British Rule. The other four are British Virgin Islands, Montserrat, Turks and Caicos, Cayman Islands and Bermuda.

The report went on to say that in September 2010, Hughes told residents that he was asked by Harrison to resign, following a letter he gave to the governor during a meeting of the Executive Council.

Hughes said that, in addition to the governor asking him to resign; he also called for the immediate dismissal of the Communications and Works Minister Evan Gumbs and the Minister of Labour and Home Affairs Walcott Richardson.

But Harrison later issued a statement in which he denied ever asking the chief minister to resign.

Harrison said in his statement, “I am not seeking the removal of the chief minister. I have worked amicably with him for seven months and have every intention of continuing to do so.”


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