Turks & Caicos: Rufus Ewing resigns as party leader following last weeks’ election loss

Former Premier of Turks & Caicos, Rufus Ewing

Rufus Ewing – former Premier of Turks & Caicos – has resigned as leader of the Progressive National Party (PNP), following the loss of his own parliamentary seat and the party’s crushing defeat in last week’s general election.

“The people of the Turks and Caicos Islands have spoken and have indicated their wish for a change in governance,” Ewing said at a press conference.
“The outcome of this election is a clear indication that democracy is alive in our islands. I wish to express my gratitude to all of the candidates from all parties who nobly put themselves forward for service to this country.”

Ewing said he accepts full responsibility for his party’s election loss.

“I wish to now state that as the leader of the Progressive National Party (PNP) I take full responsibility for the party’s loss, and as such, I have made the decision to tender my resignation as party leader with immediate effect,” he said.

Ewing said he did not expect Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson and her People`s Democratic Movement (PDM) to win the general election by such a large margin.

In-coming premier, Cartwright-Robinson led the PDM to its first election victory in 13 years, becoming the country’s first female leader. -(CMC)