Andrew Fahie Replaced As BVI Premier After Drugs Arrest

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The premier of the British Virgin Islands (BVI) has been replaced following his arrest in the US on drug smuggling charges.

A no-confidence motion in Andrew Fahie, 51, was backed by the overseas territory’s assembly on Thursday.

His deputy Natalio Wheatley has been sworn in as the new premier of the islands with the approval of its governor John Rankin.

Mr Wheatley said his swearing in represented an “important and necessary step in renewing our cherished democracy and reforming out institutions”.

Reuters quoted him as saying: “It is my hope that this day will be remembered as the day we began a new era of democratic governance.”
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Mr Rankin, who is the UK government’s top official in the territory, said he had revoked Mr Fahie’s mandate following the no-confidence vote.

A recent report has said the UK should take direct control of BVI.

The inquiry’s recommendation, which was unrelated to Mr Fahie’s arrest, came amid concerns about corruption on the islands.
The now ex-premier Mr Fahie was arrested in Miami a week ago along with senior BVI port official Oleanvine Maynard in a sting by US law enforcement on suspicion of drug smuggling and money laundering.

Authorities said the pair, along with Ms Maynard’s son Kadeem Maynard, were charged with conspiracy to import more than 5kg (11lb) of cocaine into the US.

Mr Fahie’s lawyer has indicated he intends to plead not guilty to the charges.

Source: BBC News

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5 COMMENTS

  1. My interest is only the ‘GOOD NAME OF St. LUCIA’ a place where I was born, a place when I say to my grand children, That’s where I was born – sadly the hope in some thought of dream is long gone, with reports of todays’ street crime, vandalism, leud behavior, break ins, gang shooting; honestly, I’m ashamed of it, and the news of Elected members of Parliament acting much, but in more sophisticated ways, I Pray the Lord to hasten His help for St. Lucia.

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