(BVI News) US Virgin Islands (USVI) Governor Albert Bryan Jr has applauded BVI’s elected leaders for establishing the National Unity Government (NUG) in order to prevent the United Kingdom from suspending the constitution and snatching power away from BVIslanders.
Earlier this year, the United Kingdom (UK) threatened to impose direct rule on the BVI after a Commission of Inquiry (COI) found that the principles of good governance were ignored by successive administrations. In an effort to retain power, elected leaders formed a coalition government — the NUG, led by Premier Dr Natalio Wheatley — and promised to improve governance by implementing the recommendations imposed by the COI.
Speaking at the 50th staging of BVI/USVI Friendship Day on October 22, Governor Bryan said BVI’s elected leaders showed firtitude and wisdom as they did what was necessary to keep power in the hands of locals.
“The entire Cabinet, when you talk about courage — the courage to go against the political norms and form their own coalition because they understand that the independent rule of the people is more important than their own personal, political agenda,” Governor Bryan said as the audience applauded.