Hon Mather of Progressive Virgin Islands Movement (PVIM) became the Deputy Speaker of the Fifth HoA after the Government led by Premier and Minister of Finance Dr the Hon Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) withdrew its nomination of Hon Luce D. Hodge-Smith (R4), following a challenge by the tri-party Opposition.
Following a brief recess of the proceedings being held at Multi-Purpose Sports Complex today, May 18, 2023, Premier Wheatley agreed with the Opposition's argument that the constitution stated that ministers were ineligible for the post of Speaker.
He then announced the withdrawal of his nomination and said his government will support the Opposition's nomination.
All seven of the Members on the Government side are Ministers and Junior Ministers.
Deputy Speaker Hon Mather, an At Large Representative, was the highest vote getter at the April 24, 2023 general elections.
More details to follow.