BBC Caribbean News in Brief

Governor consults over corruption report

The governor of the Turks and Caicos Islands says he needs to consult with British ministers before releasing any findings by a commission which investigated allegations of widespread corruption.

The commissioner, a British judge, handed in his preliminary report on Saturday.

The inquiry was set up to look into allegations that outgoing Premier Michael Misick and other officials illegally enriched themselves by selling government-owned land to developers.

Mr Misick has denied abusing public funds.

The premier of the British territory says he will step down at the end of the month due to a lack of support.

New leader for TCI
governing party

The ruling party in the Turks and Caicos has elected a new leader.

Former Home Affairs Minister Galmo Williams beat former Deputy Premier Floyd Hall by 55 votes to 32 at a PNP party convention at the weekend.

Mr Williams was one of just two Ministers not summoned to appear before the UK-led corruption inquiry.

Both Mr Williams and Mr Hall resigned from Cabinet earlier this month citing a lack of confidence in Premier Misick’s leadership.

Mr Williams said he was honoured and humbled by the faith shown in him by the PNP’s 90 delegates.

He promised to be the breath of fresh air the islands desperately need.

Strike in Guadeloupe
continues

The general strike in Guadeloupe entered its 42nd day yesterday.

But there are signs that an end to the campaign for higher benefits and pay for low-income residents could be in sight.

Union leaders were due to continue their demonstrations, but more and more businesses are opening.

The president of the French Confederation of Business Enterprises in Guadeloupe has predicted that up to 14,000 people could lose their jobs as a result of bankruptcies triggered by the strike.

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