Tras escándalo de corrupción, asume el nuevo Primer Ministro

El ministro de Defensa de Bermudas, Michael Dunkley, asumió hoy como primer ministro tras la renuncia de Craig Cannonier, acusado de recibir unos 300 mil dólares de un empresario estadounidense.

Dunkley, del partido Alianza de Una Bermudas y mano derecha de Cannonier, juró el cargo en la tarde del martes ante el gobernador general George Fergusson, en una ceremonia realizada en la Casa de Gobierno.

El nuevo primer ministro aseguró sentirse conmovido por su elección para el cargo por parte de Fergusson.

Cannonier fue acusado de corrupción por medios de prensa locales y por miembros del opositor Partido Laborista Progresista, quienes además le atribuyen haber realizado un viaje a Estados Unidos en el jet privado del multimillonario estadounidense Nathan Landow y al hacérsele insostenible el escándalo, dimitió la víspera.

En su renuncia, el líder de Alianza de Una Bermudas desechó la posible implicación de otros miembros de su partido en el caso de presunta corrupción.

“Quiero recalcar que nadie de mis colegas ha hecho algo mal. Yo, como líder, asumo todo tipo de responsabilidad”, dijo.

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As he takes office, Premier Dunkley pledges more transparency

Michael Dunkley was sworn in as the new Premier at Government House this morning.

The ceremony took place hours after Craig Cannonier resigned last night.

Mr Dunkley said he was humbled by the opportunity to serve the country as Premier, thanked Mr Cannonier for his service and pledged to make government accountable and transparent.

He also indicated that Attorney General Mark Pettingill and Tourism Minister Shawn Crockwell — two individuals who were present on the JetGate trip to meet with businessman Nathan Landow — would remain in the Cabinet.

Mr Cannonier’s resignation followed recent revelations that a group of American businessmen wired roughly $300,000 to a private Bermudian bank account, allegedly to aid the OBA in its 2012 campaign, after meeting with Mr Cannonier.

The signatories on that account — called the Bermuda Political Action Club — are reportedly an OBA political consultant and a business associate of Mr Cannonier’s.

One of the donors, Mr Landow, had been interested in developing a casino on the island, which raised questions about quid pro quo. Additionally, Mr Landow told the Bermuda Sun that a business associate of Mr Cannonier, Steve DaCosta, had been present at at least one meeting.

Questions regarding the so-called JetGate scandal dogged the now former Premier for months: why was Mr DaCosta accompanying Bermudian government officials to meet with Mr Landow and what was discussed?

Many questions remain unanswered.

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