HAMILTON – David Burt has been sworn in as Premier of Bermuda, pledging to work his hardest for “every single Bermudian in this country”.
As he was sworn in at Government House this afternoon, attended by a healthy crowd of family members and party colleagues, Burt delivered a unifying message in his first speech to Bermuda as premier.
“Our aim is simple: to be a government for all of Bermuda, whether it be the haves or have-nots, whether it is Front Street or North Village,” he said.
Yesterday, the Progressive Labour Party won a resounding General Election victory over the One Bermuda Alliance, by 24 seats to 12, with Burt defeating Nick Kempe in Pembroke West Central by 639 votes to 326.
Burt, a 38-year-old father of two, becomes Bermuda’s youngest ever premier. He thanked his family, and became visibly emotional as he mentioned the recent death of his brother-in-law.
“It is without question so gratifying to see so many of you here today to support me as I represent you on this occasion,” he said.
“Today, I take the oath of office as Premier of Bermuda. Tomorrow, we will swear in a government and get to work immediately.
“We will be a government that will put Bermudians first and make sure we work to advance the interests of every single Bermudian in this country.
“We will be a government that will govern with integrity and will work every day to improve the conditions for so many of us.
“Today the work begins. This is without question an honour but without question there is an incredible amount of work to be done.
“Know and understand that I will give everything I can, my team will give everything they can to live up to the trust that you have given us.”