PNP win Turks and Caicos election
The Progressive National Party (PNP) have won the Turks and Caicos general election but with a much reduced majority.
In 2007 the PNP won 13 of the 15 elected members in the House of Assembly of the Turks and Caicos Islands. In the elections held on Friday their seat count was reduced to eight.
The opposition People’s Democratic Movement (PDM) won seven seats on Friday, up from the two seats they had in the previous parliament but not quite enough to win. Their leader, Oswald Skippings was not successful in the election although several news reports say that he has demanded a recount.
The leader of the PNP, Rufus Ewing, will now become the new prime minister although it is expected that the government will be given limited control over its finances by the UK government after corruption scandals which took place in 2008/2009.