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Cyril Romney

Deceased Person

Cyril Brandtford Romney (1 March 1931 - 19 July 2007) served as Chief Minister of the British Virgin Islands from 1983 to 1986. He also served as a member of the Legislative Council of the British Virgin Islands from 1979 to 1995. He was the first BVIslander to hold the post of Financial Secretary, and was also a business leader in the Territory and the region. After an early career as a teacher, he studied economics at Inter-American University in Puerto Rico and then pursued a master's program in economics and political science at Syracuse University in New York. Cyril Romney's first foray into politics was in 1975, when he stood as an independent candidate in the First District against Lavity Stoutt. He lost, but was subsequently elected in 1979 as the representative for the Fifth District and became a member of the opposition. He served a second political term from 1983 to 1986 and was Chief Minister of a coalition government with the United Party led by Willard Wheatley. During Romney's term as Chief Minister the International Business Companies Act, which was responsible for so much of the Territory's economic success, came into force. In 1986 Romney's ruling coalition lost  ( Wikipedia article )

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Personal facts

Date of birth
1931-03-01
Profession
Politician

Death

Date of death
2007-07-19

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