Cayman Islands profile
Head of state: Queen Elizabeth II, represented by a governor
Premier: Alden McLaughlin
Alden McLaughlin, from the People's Progressive Movement (PPM), was appointed as premier following elections in May 2013.
The PPM won 9 of the 18 seats in the Legislative Assembly, one short of a majority. It gained a majority when an ex-premier, Juliana O'Connor-Connolly, joined the party and accepted the post of speaker.
Ms O'Connor-Connolly had served as premier since December 2012, when her predecessor McKeeva Bush from the United Democratic Party was arrested on suspicion of corruption.
Parliament passed a vote of no confidence in Mr Bush after he refused to resign, effectively removing him from office.