The Foreign Secretary has commented on elections in the Turks and Caicos Islands

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The Foreign Secretary William Hague said: "Today's election in the Turks and Caicos Islands heralds the Islands' return to a democratic government."

The Foreign Secretary said:

“Today’s election in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) heralds the Islands’ return to a democratic government. This is a significant step and I would like to thank the interim administration and public servants and advisers of the TCI for their hard work to bring us to this day.
“The UK Government has provided practical support, as well as financial support in the form of a US$260 million loan guarantee, to the interim administration for the last three years to help implement a wide-ranging reform programme to address concerns about corruption and maladministration.
“A solid foundation has been built for a successful return to elected government. There is still a challenging road ahead, including the need to maintain prudent financial management and I hope the new government will continue the hard work to consolidate and build on the interim government’s legacy.
“I look forward to building a strong and constructive partnership with the newly elected government.”