New government takes shape in Cayman Islands

McLaughlin has made former short-term premier Juliana O’Connor-Connolly speaker of the Assembly, giving him the necessary majority that he needs to form a government.

The political status quo in the Cayman Islands was shaken up at the end of last year with the arrest of then premier Bush on suspicion of fraud and corruption. He has since been formally charged with two counts of misconduct in public office, four counts of breach of trust by a member of the Legislative Assembly, and five counts of theft.

One week after his arrest on December 11, 2012, Bush was ousted from office when Cayman Islands lawmakers passed a vote of no confidence in him, which led to a split of the UDP and a subsequent minority government in the territory.

Just one member of the breakaway faction of the UDP that voted against Bush in the vote of no-confidence, O’Connor Connolly, was able to retain her seat in Wednesday’s election.

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