Friday, November 11, 2011

BVI General Elections Won by Opposition

This week, it was announced by election officials that the main opposition National Democratic Party (NDP) had won the November 7 general elections in the British Virgin Islands territory. NDP received 9 of 13 parliamentary seats, while the party of outgoing Premier Ralph O'Neal won 4 seats, down from 11 in the previous Parliament.

The NDP, led by Dr. Orlando Smith who held the premier office in 2003-2007, promised to safeguard the sectors of financial services and tourism, which are especially important for country's economy.

Voter turnout was reported to about 75 percent of the 12,600 voters.

Former Premier and the leader of Virgin Islands Party (VIP), in a public speech has congratulated the newly elected Premier, Hon. Dr. Orlando Smith. He said that this is not the first time that he has been in the opposition, and that he looks forward to working with the new National Democratic Party Government in the new House of Assembly.

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