McKeeva Bush of the Cayman Islands was given the boot as premier following his arrest on allegations of corruption on Dec. 11 and a no-confidence motion against him Dec. 18.

While in office since May 2009, Bush also oversaw Cayman Islands tourism.

Gov. Duncan Taylor named Juliana O'Connor-Connolly, the former deputy premier, as the new premier and first-ever female premier of the Cayman Islands.

Bush had been asked to resign his office but had refused. He was released on bail on Dec. 12 until February while investigations continue in the Cayman Islands and abroad on suspicion of theft. Allegedly, there are financial irregularities relating to the misuse of a government credit card, breach of trust, abuse of office and conflict of interest regarding the importation of explosive substances without a valid permit.

All former Cabinet minister vacated their offices as required under the constitution.

The new tourism minister is Cline Gidden, who is serving his second term in the Legislative Assembly.

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