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New temporary Minister Hon. Roy McTaggart signs his official oath to become a Minister in the Cayman Islands Government. Surrounding him are Acting Governor Hon. Franz Manderson, left, Acting Clerk of Cabinet Carmena Watler and Financial Services, Commerce and Environment Minister Hon Wayne Panton, right.  Photo: Yvette Cacho

New temporary Minister Hon. Roy McTaggart signs his official oath to become a Minister in the Cayman Islands Government. Surrounding him are Acting Governor Hon. Franz Manderson, left, Acting Clerk of Cabinet Carmena Watler and Financial Services, Commerce and Environment Minister Hon Wayne Panton, right.
Photo: Yvette Cacho

New temporary Minister Hon Winston C. Connolly Jr. signs his official oath to become a Minister in the Cayman Islands Government.  Photo: Yvette Cacho

New temporary Minister Hon Winston C. Connolly Jr. signs his official oath to become a Minister in the Cayman Islands Government.
Photo: Yvette Cacho

Two Councillors in Government each firmly grasped a Bible, swore their allegiance and vowed to carry out their duties as temporary Ministers at the start of Tuesday’s Cabinet meeting.

Acting Governor Hon Franz Manderson oversaw the administration of the oaths and signed them as members of Cabinet looked on and congratulated the men once the ceremony was concluded.

Temporary Ministers Hon Winston C. Connolly Jr. and Hon Roy McTaggart will serve as Ministers while the leaders of their respective Ministries are away from the Cayman Islands.

Mr Connolly takes over for Minister responsible for Education, Employment and Gender Affairs, Hon. Tara Rivers, who will be on leave from 27 August until 8 September.

Mr McTaggart takes the reins for Hon Marco Archer, Minister responsible for Finance and Economic Development, who will be absent from the Cayman Islands from 16-26 August.

This is the first time that temporary ministers have been appointed in accordance with section 53(2) of the Constitution. In the past, another Minister was assigned the responsibility of performing his/her Cabinet colleague’s functions while they were on leave or ill because the 1972 Constitution allowed for no similar provision.

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