Bermuda premier faces party leadership challenge

HAMILTON, Bermuda (Reuters) – Bermuda Prime Minister David Burt faces the first major challenge to his leadership of the centre-left Progressive Labor Party (PLP) in power in Britain after his former finance minister said he would contest the role.

Curtis Dickinson sent a letter to the PLP on Wednesday stating, “Earlier this morning I informed the leader of the party of my intention to put forward my name to run for the position of leader of the party at the annual general conference.”

The leader of the party will be the Premier of Bermuda.

Dickinson abruptly resigned from cabinet in February, a week before the annual budget was presented.

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Among his disagreements with Burt was the amount of a $50 million guarantee promised to Gencom, the company that manages the 593-room Fairmont Southampton, Bermuda’s largest hotel.

The hotel, which employed more than 2% of the island’s workforce, closed in 2020 during the pandemic and never reopened.

The annual general conference of the PLP is scheduled for October 19-22. In the last general election, the PLP won 30 of 36 seats against the One Bermuda Alliance.

(History corrects last paragraph to say that the PLP won 30 of 36 seats in the last general election, not 30 of 26 seats.)

(Reporting by Don Burgess; editing by Richard Pullin)

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