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Cox Wins Run-Off to Become Bermuda’s New Premier



Finance Minister Paula Cox  was sworn in late last month as Bermuda’s new premier after she convincingly won a run-off to replace outgoing Premier Dr. Ewart Brown.
Cox won the leadership battle against two rivals in a landslide victory on the second day of the PLP's
three-day annual conference on Oct. 28.
She polled 124 votes to Terry Lister’s 39 and Dale Butler’s two.

Works and Engineering Minister Derrick Burgess edged out Lister to become deputy premier.
Cox is Bermuda’s third female premier following Pamela Gordon of the United Bermuda Party (UBP) and Jennifer Smith, who led the PLP to its first election victory in 1998, ending 30 years of UBP rule.

Brown, 64, who was also tourism and transport minister, was premier for four years and a Member of Parliament since 1993. He is quitting politics altogether.