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Dr. Natalio D. Wheatley is acting premier until July 5, 2021

Deputy Premier and Minister for Education, Culture, Youth Affairs, Fisheries and Agriculture, Dr The Hon Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) is currently acting in the capacity of Premier while current Premier and Minister of Finance, Honorable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) is away from the Territory on personal leave. Photo: GIS
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Premier and Minister of Finance, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) is away from the Territory until July 5, 2021, on personal leave.

As such, a release from the Government Information Services (GIS) has indicated that Deputy Premier and Minister for Education, Culture, Youth Affairs, Fisheries and Agriculture, Dr. the Honourable Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) is Acting Premier effective Saturday, July 3 to Monday, July 5, 2021. 

Honourable Wheatley’s appointment is in accordance with Section 55 (1) of the Virgin Islands Constitution Order, 2007.

The constitution states, “If the Premier is expected to be absent from the Virgin Islands for more than forty-eight hours, the Governor shall authorise the Deputy Premier to perform the functions of the office of Premier; and the Governor shall revoke this authority on the return to the Virgin Islands of the Premier."

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