|Premier of the Cayman Islands|
|Appointer||Governor of the Cayman Islands|
|Term length||At the Governor's pleasure|
|First holder||Thomas Jefferson|
as Leader of Government Business
|Website||Office of the Premier|
politics and government of
the Cayman Islands
The Premier of the Cayman Islands is the political leader and head of government. The post of Premier in the Cayman Islands 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 overseas territory. Prior to 2009, the position was known as Leader of Government Business.
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 Legislative Assembly, to their political party and ultimately to the electorate.
The current Premier is Alden McLaughlin, since 29 May 2013.
Until 2001 the position had no official recognition, but it was formalized by an Order of the British Government in July 2001, as the Leader of Government Business along with the Leader of the Opposition. Further constitutional amendments in 2009 modified the name to Premier.
(Dates in italics indicate de facto continuation of office)
|Took Office||Left Office|
|Leaders of Government Business (1992-2009)|
|November 1992||November 1994||Independent|
|November 1994||8 November 2000||Independent|
|8 November 2000||8 November 2001||Independent||First tenure|
|8 November 2001||18 May 2005||United Democratic Party||First tenure|
|18 May 2005||27 May 2009||People's Progressive Movement||Second tenure|
|27 May 2009||6 November 2009||United Democratic Party||Second tenure|
|6 November 2009||18 December 2012||United Democratic Party|
|19 December 2012||29 May 2013||Independent||First and only female Premier|
|29 May 2013||Incumbent||People's Progressive Movement|
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