A live address to the residents of TCI last evening by Premier Michael Misick. The Premier announced adjustments to his cabinet as he steps down as leader of the party.
PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos (AP) — Premier Michael Misick said Friday he will step down as leader of the Turks and Caicos at the end of March, citing a lack of support for his scandal-plagued PNP government.
The surprise announcement came hours after the Caribbean nation’s deputy premier and finance minister resigned, citing differences with the colorful Misick, whose jet-set lifestyle has helped turned the Turks and Caicos into a celebrity hotspot but has fueled corruption allegations.
“What the country and our party needs now more than ever is stability and certainty,” Misick said during a press conference in his office. “I have tried in recent weeks to create this. It now appears to me that the divide within the party is too deep.”
HOME Affairs Minister Galmo Williams sensationally resigned from his Cabinet post on Thursday afternoon after announcing that he would be joining the battle for leadership of the PNP party.
Just hours later the Premier revealed that feisty former Health Minister Lillian Boyce would be taking over the role.
Michael Misick fired Boyce last month after she accused him of lying and being “absolutely dishonest” in his actions.
Misick said he would step down as party leader on Feb. 28 and resign as premier on March 31.
Misick’s financial dealings are the focus of a British investigative commission that concluded hearings this week as it probes a range of corruption allegations, including that Misick and other officials profited from the sale of government-owned land.
Misick was elected in 2003 and is serving his second term. He also is the island’s tourism minister, and since he took office, the gross domestic product in the territory of 22,000 people has more than doubled to $750 million — largely through a resort-building boom.
Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham and a top lawyer had reportedly advised embattled Turks Premier Michael Misick to resign or risk being fired in disgrace and shame by the British rulers of his nation last year. The Premier then battled to try to shake off a rape case scandal and serious allegations of corruption.
Misick, 42, denied raping a gal-pal of his Hollywood actress wife Lisa-Raye McCoy, 41. But the FBI is investigating the rape claim after the woman filed a sexual-assault complaint on her return to the U.S.
Now Misick dare not go to the U.S. Misick claims that the U.S. woman willingly had sex with him at his home in Provo, Turks. In addition to the rape scandal, Serious Fraud Squad detectives of London’s elite Scotland Yard police unit went to Turks investigating allegations of corruption against Misick.
Misick is a cousin of PLP MP Obie ‘SNITCH’ Wilchcombe. The ‘SNITCH’ was best man at Misick’s wedding to Lisa-Raye. Misick reportedly sends money regularly to help certain family and friends in The Bahamas. Premier Misick also likes to visit the casinos in The Bahamas.