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VI delegation attends St Thomas Swearing in for 32nd Legislature

- Premier Smith & Health & Social Development Minister Skelton pulled out @ last minute
The Virgin Islands delegation at the Swearing In Ceremony for the elected senators for St Thomas, St John and St Croix, USVI today Monday January 9, 2017 in Charlotte Amalie, USVI. Photo: Team of Reporters
The Swearing In Ceremony was held at the David Monsanto Bandstand Emancipation Garden on St Thomas, USVI. Photo: Team of Reporters
The Swearing In Ceremony was held at the David Monsanto Bandstand Emancipation Garden on St Thomas, USVI. Photo: Team of Reporters
The list of USVI Senators sworn, except for Senator-elect Kevin A. Rodriguez who faced an injunction on his taking the oath of office, after his residence requirement was challenged. Photo: Team of Reporters
The list of USVI Senators sworn, except for Senator-elect Kevin A. Rodriguez who faced an injunction on his taking the oath of office, after his residence requirement was challenged. Photo: Team of Reporters
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The United Sates Virgin Islands (USVI) hosted its Swearing In Ceremony for the elected senators for St Thomas, St John and St Croix, USVI today Monday January 9, 2017 in Charlotte Amalie, the USVI capital city, for its 32nd Legislature.

Yesterday saw a pre-ceremony for St John District and tomorrow Tuesday January 10, 2017 the show will move to St Croix for another celebration.

The USVI Senate is made up of 15 senators, 7 from St Croix, 7 from St Thomas and 1 from the St John District who is voted for At Large. However, today only 14 senators took the oath of office as a USVI Supreme Court ruled that Senator-elect Kevin A. Rodriguez  faced an injunction on his taking the oath of office, after his residence requirement was challenged.

VI Delegation

While it is unclear who headed the Virgin Islands (VI) delegation to the ceremony today at the David Monsanto Bandstand Emancipation Garden on St Thomas, there was representation from the British Overseas Territory, the USVI’s closest neighbour and friend.

It is our understanding that Premier and Minister for Regional Affairs, Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL) was to head the VI Delegation to the St Thomas ceremony but at the last minute pulled out, according to our NDP sources, because of a "very serious meeting that could have ramifications for the survival of his administration."

It is also our understanding that Hon Ronnie W. Skelton (AL), who was reportedly scheduled to go to St Thomas, is expected to be in one of the many emergency meetings. Our newsroom is on the scene awaiting the results of one of the meetings.

With the two not in attendance, the show went on for the VI delegation with Speaker of the House of Assembly (HoA) Hon Ingrid A. Moses, Hons Archie C. Christian (AL) the Junior Minister for Tourism, and Marlon A. Penn (R8) the Junior Minister for Trade and Investment Promotion.

The delegation  to the swearing in of the USVI senators also included Senior Opposition Member Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1), Hons Alvera Maduro-Caines (R6), Melvin M. Turnbull (R2) and the HoA’s Sergeant of Arms.

It was a bit awkward when the Master of Ceremony called out the other two names- Hons Smith and Skelton- not knowing they did not make the ceremony.

15 Responses to “VI delegation attends St Thomas Swearing in for 32nd Legislature”

  • just asking.. (09/01/2017, 16:08) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    So vino who getting fired today?
  • small bous (09/01/2017, 16:24) Like (6) Dislike (5) Reply
    Not a power house delegation.. no frazer no dr smith no dr pico no myron..
  • Mia (09/01/2017, 16:35) Like (119) Dislike (8) Reply
    Where were the big guns kedrick, dr smith, ronnie, fraser, mark and myron? LOL maybe mark and myron needed visas to enter
  • please (09/01/2017, 17:22) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    Ayo sound so stupid but where are the big guns. That's the young people don't have no hope in the BVI.
  • Che Ching (09/01/2017, 17:35) Like (19) Dislike (4) Reply
    The Brown Bomber is in the House. That's all the power house we need.
    • @ che ching (09/01/2017, 22:53) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
      Yea he big alright after putting back on that weight
      • Che Ching (10/01/2017, 13:09) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Don't worry about his weight, he need it to take back the mantle. It will be hard to rip it from all dem big man hand. Eat lil more and pull Ronnie over on your side. He is a sharp thinker and can get the job done.
      • fat cat (10/01/2017, 13:52) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        He eating steak and lobster straight after overthrowing fraser
    • siri (10/01/2017, 02:59) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
      This here worst than titanic. Nothing good comes out of disrespecting we hoa and we people an poor managment. I don't want start itself. Represent Fahie just represent. Thank god they ain't make it over you see. It so dam shameful how they got we country.
  • empty (10/01/2017, 08:39) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    just like how they went down they come back with nothing!!!


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