No clear winner emerged from the General Elections in the Cayman Islands on Wednesday 24 May 2017.

Independent candidates won the majority of the seats – nine of the nineteen at stake.  The incumbent  Peoples Progress Movement of Premier Alden McLaughlin won seven and the main opposition Cayman Democratic Party (CDP) led by McKeeva Bush, three.

Political observers expect a coalition government to emerge from among the successful candidates.


Number of seats contested:   19


Independent Candidates  –  Nine  (9)

Peoples Progressive Movement (PPM)   –  Seven (7)

Cayman Democratic Party (CDP)   –  Three (3)

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Cayman Islands – Election Day!

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Leader of the incumbent People’s Progressive Movement (PPM) Mr. Alden McLaughlin
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Leader of the main opposition Cayman Democratic Party (CDP) Mr. McKeeva Bush

The people of the Cayman Islands vote in an historic general election today – the first with single candidate constituencies under new election regulations.

Just over twenty-one thousand registered voters are eligible to vote in today’s poll.  The race is seen as a straight fight between the incumbent People’s Progressive Movement (PPM) of Premier Mr. Alden McLaughlin, and the  main opposition Cayman Democratic Party (CDP) led by Mr. McKeeva Bush.  There are also twenty-three independent candidates.

Polling stations which opened at 7:00 this morning will close at 6:00 p.m.

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An Associate Member of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) from 12 May 2002

Tackling NCDs

Seven Caribbean countries are on course to achieve the global target set by the World Health Organisation (WHO) for reducing the number of deaths caused by non-communicable diseases (NCDs), Director of the George Alleyne Chronic Disease Research Centre of the University of the West Indies, Dr. Alafia Samuels, said Tuesday.

She was at the time delivering an address at a sub-regional workshop at the Accra Beach Hotel, Bridgetown, Barbados.

According to the Barbados Today media house, Dr. Samuels reported that Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Member States, The Bahamas, Grenada, Guyana, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, and CARICOM Associate Members, the Cayman Islands and the Turks and Caicos Islands, were on course to reduce their total number of NCDs by 25 per cent by 2025, while the rate of mortality was on the rise in other countries.

“So there are actually countries in the Caribbean where the mortality rate is increasing. In most countries it is decreasing, but there are a couple where it is increasing. And major contributors to these disparities have been trends in stroke and ischaemic heart disease and diabetes,” the media house quoted Dr. Samuels as saying.

Regional patriotism, CSME in focus at end-of-summit press conference

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The CARICOM Conference of Heads of Government recently concluded their Inter-Sessional meeting, which was was held  on February 16 -17, 2017 in Georgetown, Guyana. The meeting ended with a press briefing at the Marriott Hotel, which was addressed by Chairman of the Conference, His Excellency David Granger, President of Guyana, Prime Minister of Grenada, Dr. the Hon. Keith Mitchell who will be the next Chairman, as well as CARICOM Secretary General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque. Some of the topics addressed included  the CSME, Correspondent Banking, CARICOM-US Relations, Regional Security, Tourism, and CARIFESTA, which will be held in Barbados this August.  More in this video report:


Stirring opening to CARICOM Inter-Sessional – Video highlights

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The Twenty-Eighth Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) opened Thursday morning at the Marriott Hotel, Georgetown, Guyana.

Speakers at the Opening included CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque,  Prime Minister of Dominica, Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit, and CARICOM Chairman and President of Guyana, HE David Granger.

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