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USVI Gov Bryan joins region in condemning UK direct rule in VI

USVI Gov Bryan joins region in condemning UK direct rule in VI

USVI’s Governor Albert Bryan Jr has joined other Caribbean officials in denouncing the recommendations of a BVI Commission of Inquiry (CoI) report and its calls for UK direct rule.

Bryan’s remarks, made Tuesday, May 3, 2022, were especially sharp over the recommendation to suspend the VI’s constitution and place the neighboring territory under direct rule of the United Kingdom.

According to the St. Thomas news source, the Governor called the recent arrest of BVI Premier Andrew A. Fahie (R1) over drug conspiracy a tragedy, however, said it would. be unfortunate to let allegations against the Premier and Port Director Oleanvine Pickering-Maynard cast judgment over their peers in government.

“Give us an opportunity to make those mistakes and give guidance. Taking over is a terrible thing to do,” he said.

Let local people take Gov't back - Governor Bryan

“I pray the British government (will) give those local people the opportunity to take their government back under control and help them get the government that they deserve,” Gov Bryan added.

Caribbean leaders and organizations including Caricom and the OECS have condemned any move by the UK to impose direct rule on the VI and called on the Johnson Government to let the VI handle its own affairs.

During an April 18, 2022, press conference, BVI Governor John J. Rankin CMG revealed that the CoI Commissioner, Sir Gary R. Hickinbottom made several key recommendations, including direct rule and speedy review of the VI Constitution.

According to the Governor, the report also included recommendations for the curtailment of 'open-ended discretionary powers' held by public officials, including Cabinet, and a series of audits into projects, which may lead to criminal investigations.


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