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Minister of health in British Virgin Islands Dancia Penn-Sallah

Ruth Dancia Penn , OBE , QC is a British Virgin Islands politician and former deputy governor of the British Virgin Islands from September 20, 2004 to April 1, 2007. Dancia Penn also formerly served as the Attorney General of the British Virgin Islands from 1992 to 1999.

She was the first woman to be appointed to either post, and the first British Virgin Islander to serve as Attorney General.

She served briefly as the acting Governor of the British Virgin Islands during 2006 in the gap between Tom Macan leaving office and David Pearey taking up his appointment.

Professionally Dancia Penn goes by her maiden name, but her legal name has been changed to Mrs Dancia Penn-Sallah since her marriage to Captain Sallah, Registrar of Ships in the British Virgin Islands.

In July 2007, Dancia Penn announced her candidacy, standing in the 8th district in the General Election held on 20 August 2007 in the British Virgin Islands. She was elected to office, defeating the incumbent Lloyd Black. She has also been appointed the Minister of Heath and Welfare, and most favorable The Deputy Premier of the British Virgin Islands.

There has been considerable speculation that when the current Premier of the British Virgin Islands , Ralph T. O'Neal retires, Dancia Penn will be named as his successor as leader of the Virgin Islands Party (VIP), and would thereby become the first female Premier in the Territory. Ralph O'Neal was 73 years old at the date of the VIP's 2007 election victory .

In 2007, Dancia Penn took up a temporary appointment as an acting judge of the Court of Appeal of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court . She was required to give up that appointment shortly after formally entering politics as a candidate.

Dancia Penn-Sallah minister of health in British Virgin Islands

map of British Virgin Islands regions

he five administrative subdivisions mentioned on some web pages may just be planning regions, without much administrative relevance:

Main town
Population (estimate 2006)
Anegada The Settlement 38.6 204
Jost Van Dyke Great Harbour (Jost Van Dyke) 8.3 176
Tortola Road Town 59.2 16630
Virgin Gorda Spanish Town 21.2 3063
Other Islands Great Harbour ( Peter Island ) 23.7 181
British Virgin Islands Road Town 151.0 20253

The "Other Islands" are mainly the islands south of Tortola (separated from it by the Sir Francis Drake Channel and southwest of Virgin Gorda and detached Ginger Island , mainly Norman Island , Peter Island , Cooper Island and Salt Island . These islands are also known under the informal name Little Sisters .

Last update: 03 July 2010
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