Turks and Caicos Islands: Political structure

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Turks and Caicos Islands

Official name

Turks and Caicos Islands

Form of state

Representative government; UK Overseas Territory

Head of state

Queen Elizabeth II, represented by a governor, currently Nigel Dakin

The executive

Cabinet consists of the governor, the premier, six ministers appointed by the governor from among the members of the House of Assembly, and the attorney-general


Unicameral House of Assembly composed of 15 elected members, the three ex-officio members of the Executive Council and three nominated members

Legal system

UK-style courts with final appeal to the UK Privy Council


A general election was held on December 15th 2016; the next general election is due by December 2020


The People's Democratic Movement (PDM) holds ten of the 15 elected seats in the House of Assembly

Main political organisations

Government: PDM

Opposition: Progressive National Party (PNP)

Main members of the cabinet

Governor: Nigel Dakin

Deputy governor: Anya Williams

Premier and finance, local government & community affairs: Sharlene Cartwright- Robinson

Key ministers

Attorney-general: Rhondalee Braithwaite- Knowles

Deputy premier, infrastructure, housing & planning: Sean R Astwood

Education, youth, culture & social services: Karen Malcolm

Health, agriculture, sport & human services: Edwin Astwood

Home affairs, public utilities & transportation: Goldray McMillin Ewing

Immigration, citizenship, labour & employment: Vaden Delroy Williams

Tourism, environment & disaster management: Ralph Higgs

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