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Falkland Islands acting governor until the end of April sworn in

Friday, February 28th 2014 - 05:00 UTC
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 John Duncan will take the post of British Virgin Islands governor in mid-year    John Duncan will take the post of British Virgin Islands governor in mid-year

John Duncan OBE was sworn in as Acting Governor of the Falkland Islands on Thursday at 5pm at Government House, in advance of the arrival of the Islands’ next Governor Colin Roberts CVO at the end of April.

 A spokesperson for Government House told Penguin News that it was, “normal practice in the event of a gap between Heads of Mission for the FCO to reinforce overseas posts with London-based senior staff until the Governor or Ambassador- designate is able to take up their post. This is the case in this instance”.

Mr Duncan was appointed HM Governor of the British Virgin Islands in June 2013, a post he will take up in mid-2014. He is currently attached to the Overseas Territories Directorate of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO).

He was previously Deputy and then acting Head of the former South Atlantic Dependant Territories and Antarctic Department from 1996-98, during which time he visited the Falkland Islands.

Regarding the long gap between the Governors, the Government House spokesperson commented: “succession planning for senior overseas postings is complex. It is rarely possible to synchronize arrivals and departures precisely, which is why there are standard procedures to cover any interregnums”. (PN).-

Categories: Politics, Falkland Islands.

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  • Forgetit87

    Britain is one of those rare things in life that, the more you know about - the more you hate it.

    Feb 28th, 2014 - 10:53 am 0
  • jwolf

    I had to laugh when I read that the spokesperson said “succession complex.” And that “it is difficult to synchronize arrivals and departures precisely.” No it's not. How about “Governor ”A“ you leave February 28th, Governor ”B“ you report March 1st.” How difficult is that? lol Yet they found a way to pull this other guy away from his scheduled posting thousands of miles away for a couple months. Have to love government bureaucracy wherever
    you find it......

    Feb 28th, 2014 - 11:25 am 0
  • inthegutter

    #1 How is this any of this relevant to this article?

    You're just screaming your anglophobia because you know you'll never get your grubby hands on the Falklands Islands. Pathetic.

    Feb 28th, 2014 - 11:43 am 0
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