Turks and Caicos Islands elects first female premier

A woman has created history in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) when she was voted premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands — booting out Premier Dr. Rufus Ewing out of Parliament in the recent general election.

Preliminary results released by the electoral office in the British Overseas Territory showed that 45-year-old attorney Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson had led the opposition People’s Democratic Movement (PDM) to victory, winning seven of the 10 parliamentary seats.

She is the first-ever woman to head a government in the British Overseas Territory.

Cartwright-Robinson led a team called “The Dream Team” to the election and has accused the Ewing-led government of having led the TCI into an abyss for which the citizens are suffering.

The 7,800 voters had three choices, the ruling PNP, the PDM and the People’s Democratic Alliance (PDA) led by Oswald Skippings.

The new premier told supporters that the new government would stick to the policies outlined on the PDM manifesto.

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