Cayman opposition will lead coalition gov't

GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (AP) - Election officials in the Cayman Islands say the opposition party has won nine of 18 seats, one short of a majority needed to control the British territory's legislature.

The results released Thursday mean that attorney Alden McLaughlin's People's Progressive Movement will be the dominant force in a coalition government.

Negotiations to choose the next leader are set to begin. Political analysts say McLaughlin is the presumed pick.

A former premier who was ousted from leadership last year amid a corruption probe won re-election to his seat. But McKeeva Bush's United Democratic Party won just three seats overall.

Outgoing Premier Juliana O'Connor-Connolly was the lone member of her party to win re-election.

Independents will fill the rest of the seats, including four candidates endorsed by political advocacy group Coalition for Cayman.


(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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