Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands
The Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands is the political leader and head of government. The post of Premier is the equivalent to Chief Minister or Prime Minister in other British Overseas Territories. It is the highest political level that can be attained within the British colonial system. Prior to 2006, the position was known as the Chief Minister of the Turks and Caicos Islands.
|Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands|
|Appointer||Governor of the Turks and Caicos Islands|
|Term length||At the Governor's pleasure|
|Formation||31 August 1976|
|First holder||James Alexander George Smith McCartney|
as Chief Minister
The Premier and Cabinet (consisting of all the most senior ministers) are collectively accountable for their policies and actions to Queen Elizabeth II, to the House of Assembly, to their political party and ultimately to the electorate.
The current Premier is Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson, since 20 December 2016.
A new constitution, after being laid in the Turks and Caicos parliament and receiving Queen Elizabeth II's signature, entered into force on 9 August 2006. The new constitution of the Turks and Caicos Islands changed the title of Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister to Premier and Deputy Premier.
On 14 August 2009, the United Kingdom suspended the Turks and Caicos' self-government after allegations of ministerial corruption. The prerogative of the ministerial government and the House of Assembly are vested in the islands' incumbent governor for a period of up to two years, with possible extensions.
(Dates in italics indicate de facto continuation of office)
|Took Office||Left Office|
|Chief Ministers (1976–2006)|
|1||James Alexander George Smith McCartney
|31 August 1976||9 May 1980||People's Democratic Movement||Died in office|
|19 June 1980||November 1980||People's Democratic Movement||First tenure|
|November 1980||28 March 1985||Progressive National Party|
|28 March 1985||25 July 1986||Progressive National Party|
|Office suspended (25 July 1986 – 3 March 1988)|
|3 March 1988||April 1991||People's Democratic Movement||Second tenure|
|April 1991||31 January 1995||Progressive National Party|
|6||Derek Hugh Taylor
|31 January 1995||15 August 2003||People's Democratic Movement|
|15 August 2003||9 August 2006||Progressive National Party||Brother of Washington Misick|
|9 August 2006||23 March 2009||Progressive National Party|
|23 March 2009||14 August 2009||Progressive National Party|
|Office suspended (14 August 2009 – 13 November 2012)|
|13 November 2012||20 December 2016||Progressive National Party|
|20 December 2016||Incumbent||People's Democratic Movement|