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Gov't initiating 2020 Constitutional Review of VI - Premier Fahie

- said process will begin by November 2019
In his 2020 Budget Presentation in the House of Assembly (HoA) on November 19, 2019, Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) said the constitutional review process is an acknowledgement of the desires of forefathers that Virgin Islanders today would be able to govern their internal affairs. Photo: VINO/File
Following his budget speech announcing that provisions were made is the 2020 Budget for the commissioning of a Constitutional Review in the Virgin Islands (VI), Premier and Minister of Finance Hon Andrew A, Fahie (R1) has now announced that the process will be initiated before the end of November 2019. Photo: GIS/File
Following his budget speech announcing that provisions were made is the 2020 Budget for the commissioning of a Constitutional Review in the Virgin Islands (VI), Premier and Minister of Finance Hon Andrew A, Fahie (R1) has now announced that the process will be initiated before the end of November 2019. Photo: GIS/File
The Virgin Islands Constitution Order 2007 was scheduled for review in 2017 but was delayed due to the hurricanes of that same year that ravaged the VI. Photo: VINO/File
The Virgin Islands Constitution Order 2007 was scheduled for review in 2017 but was delayed due to the hurricanes of that same year that ravaged the VI. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Following his budget speech announcing that provisions were made in the 2020 Budget for the commissioning of a Constitutional Review in the Virgin Islands (VI), Premier and Minister of Finance Hon Andrew A, Fahie (R1) has now announced that the process will be initiated before the end of November 2019.

The Premier was at the time delivering statements on the 70th anniversary of the Great March of 1949 and noted that while the event paved the way for greater development of the Virgin Islands, it also represented the voice of the people.

"In this anniversary month of the Great March of 1949, the Virgin Islands will initiate the process that will lead to the overdue Constitutional Review which was scheduled for 2017 based on the practice of a review every 10 years, the last being 2007," the Leader of Government Business said in a Monday, November 24, 2019 media statement.

With the constitutional review long overdue, Hon Fahie said, "Perhaps it is a coincidence that the Great Hurricanes of 2017 have pushed the initiation of this review to the 70th anniversary of the Great March of 1949."

Greater Political Autonomy 

Further, the Premier noted that whatever the reason for the delay, "be assured that Virgin Islanders will once again lift their voices in unison to create a path to greater political autonomy and self-determination to honour the spirit and legacy of our ancestors and create a future that will recognise the fulfilment of our obligation to future generations." 

In his 2020 Budget Presentation in the VI House of Assembly (HoA) on November 19, 2019, Hon Fahie said the constitutional review process is an acknowledgement of the desires of forefathers that Virgin Islanders today would be able to govern their internal affairs. 

The Virgin Islands Constitution Order 2007 was scheduled for review in 2017 but was delayed due to the hurricanes of that same year that ravaged the VI. One of the items high on the agenda for discussions during the planned review phase by the last government was the scaling back of the powers of the Governor.

3 Responses to “Gov't initiating 2020 Constitutional Review of VI - Premier Fahie”

  • Finally (27/11/2019, 16:09) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is good news, long overdue
  • the victim (30/11/2019, 20:09) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    So has Premier Fahie ever dealt with the abuse of the American resident living in the BVI who was forced to leave
    in 2018 due to aggravated assault in Carrot Bay as the culmination of mob hysteria induced by certain politically
    based parties (Democrat mostly) to incite a riot - and then illegally 'arrested', as in kidnapped and an attempt made
    to blackmail them after living in the BVI for 4 years legally, spending all kinds of AMERICAN money on the BVI, and
    then their hands partially paralyzed by the police and then refusing any kind of apology or compensation. Just
    because the BVI has continued to be allowed to exist, doesn't mean the matter is forgiven. You hurt someone like
    that - you PAY for it. And funny the victims landlords were relatives of the attacker and have not handed over his
    posessions to be returned to the US. And the bar owner in Carrot Bay is a very polarized Obama nut and Obama
    started the destruction of Financial Services and then welcomed into the BVI as Bransons' guest. You know, you
    have to pay for this and will. No matter what any government in this says or has said nothing - you will pay for it.
    Very very dearly.
  • Observer (01/12/2019, 20:32) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    yeah BVI police are really intelligent, very mature and rational. Try and break the hands of a classical pianist
    who was nearly killed on steps of bar by a local who has a history of destructive behaviour. the american did
    toss a beer bottle at the local because the local kept backing his jeep bank and forth in front of the american
    resident screaming at him and threatening him till finally he had to do something. this was filed with the
    police comissioner that night. but thing is so many at that bar in carrot bay are foreign labor under threat of
    losing their job or being kicked out if they say anything. england and bvi so high up on the spiritual scale. ha ha.


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