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Panton outlines a new direction for country

Panton outlines a new direction for country

| 21/04/2021 | 274 Comments

(CNS): The Cayman Islands’ new premier, Wayne Panton, set the tone for a new direction in government when he gave his debut address in his new job Wednesday, shortly after he and his new Cabinet were sworn into office. Panton spoke about a people-focused, transparent government in which the environment and creating a more sustainable […]

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Panton made premier without vote

Panton made premier without vote

| 21/04/2021 | 75 Comments

(CNS): The Progressive opposition members failed to nominate Roy McTaggart or any other member of the new House of Parliament in opposition to Wayne Panton on Wednesday. Following his nomination for the post by Heather Bodden, his running mate in the elections, and seconded by Kenneth Bryan, who became an early backer of Panton on […]

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Roy forces PACT to embrace Mac as speaker

Roy forces PACT to embrace Mac as speaker

| 21/04/2021 | 111 Comments

(CNS): Roy McTaggart and Joey Hew made their first strategic move towards undermining Panton’s PACT when they nominated Barbara Conolly for speaker on Wednesday, following the nomination by Jay Ebanks and Katherine Ebanks-Wilks for McKeeva Bush. The move forced the newly formed PACT to vote for Bush, despite the viable alternative, because of the risk […]

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Rankine follows Juliana, rejoins PACT

Rankine follows Juliana, rejoins PACT

| 21/04/2021 | 61 Comments

(CNS): Isaac Rankine has returned to the independent PACT group after effectively causing more than five days of uncertainty about the next Cayman Islands government. Following the move by Juliana O’Connor-Connolly, whose decision to join Panton sealed PACT’s majority, Rankine also seems to have seen the writing on the wall, though his part in creating […]

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Juliana jumps from PPM-Alliance ship

Juliana jumps from PPM-Alliance ship

| 21/04/2021 | 130 Comments

(CNS): Juliana O’Connor-Connolly waited until the eleventh hour, but as a result of the wishes of her constituents the MP elect for Cayman Brac East has now jumped from the PPM-Alliance political ship and sailed across to the PACT. Premier Designate Wayne Panton confirmed that O’Connor-Connolly had agreed to support his government and the invitation […]

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Parliament to meet after Panton confirms new PACT

Parliament to meet after Panton confirms new PACT

| 20/04/2021 | 118 Comments

(CNS) Premier Designate Wayne Panton submitted a revised letter of support to Governor Martyn Roper on Tuesday, triggering a proclamation for Parliament to meet on Wednesday at 3pm. The governor’s proclamation has been gazetted outlining the meeting where all 19 members elect will be sworn in. The vote for premier, speaker and deputy speaker will […]

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Gov faces backlash on bullying allegation as protests roll on

Gov faces backlash on bullying allegation as protests roll on

| 20/04/2021 | 75 Comments

(CNS): Many voters across Grand Cayman have expressed anger at the governor’s statement issued on Monday, which was described as undermining their right to protest and express their wishes clearly to the 19 elected MPs. Most activists groups were outraged by Martyn Roper’s suggestions they were inciting or causing violence by lobbying people they had […]

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Rules and carrots and the role of speaker

Rules and carrots and the role of speaker

| 20/04/2021 | 46 Comments

(CNS): Roy McTaggart’s ‘Come to Jesus’ moment regarding the speaker of the House and parliamentary procedure is 20 years too late and as hollow as a kettle drum. In 2001, McKeeva Bush orchestrated a political coup, deposing Kurt Tibbetts as leader of government business and inserting himself in this position. To do that, he had […]

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A true coalition is better for the country

A true coalition is better for the country

| 20/04/2021 | 12 Comments

Votesmart writes: Although the election saga seems to be nearly over with the announcement of a majority and a full list of Cabinet ministers by Mr Wayne Panton, the proposed solution is not the right one for Cayman. Mr Panton as premier, aided by fresh minds such as Chris Saunders, Kenneth Bryan, and Kathy Ebanks-Wilks, […]

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McTaggart still disputes Panton’s government

McTaggart still disputes Panton’s government

| 19/04/2021 | 149 Comments

(CNS): Roy McTaggart, the leader of the Progressives, is refusing to concede, saying that Wayne Panton, the leader of PACT, does not have a majority and by putting McKeeva Bush in the speaker’s chair, he has created a hung parliament. Following Panton’s announcement earlier that he had secured an agreement with ten non-Alliance Independents, including […]

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PACT confirms Cabinet, Bush apologises

PACT confirms Cabinet, Bush apologises

| 19/04/2021 | 188 Comments

(CNS): Premier Designate Wayne Panton has confirmed his Cabinet after five days of political wrangling following the inconclusive election result last Wednesday. Isaac Rankine has reneged on his early agreement to support the group now known as PACT, however McKeeva Bush will return to the speaker’s chair in support of the new line-up. Bush apologised […]

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