Bermuda profile

Head of state: Queen Elizabeth II, represented by a governor

Premier: Craig Cannonier

Bermuda's premier Craig Cannonier Craig Cannonier has promised to create jobs

Mr Cannonier, a relative newcomer to Bermudan politics, was propelled into power in December 2012 when his One Bermuda Alliance ousted the government of Premier Paula Cox and ended 14 years of rule by the Progressive Labour Party (PLP).

The Alliance was only formed in May 2011 as a merger of the two main opposition groups, the former governing United Bermuda Party and the Bermuda Democratic Alliance, in an effort to stop splitting the anti-PLP vote.

Mrs Cox's government had lost popularity over its inability to counter the impact of four years of economic recession, which had left the normally-affluent islands with an official unemployment rate of eight percent and ballooning indebtedness.

Mr Cannonier, a businessman, has pledged to help the worst-off as a priority, and plans to create 2,000 jobs in the course of the new parliament.

The Alliance is committed to reducing official debt through spending cuts - beginning with ministerial salaries - and the allocation of more government contracts to small businesses.

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