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Progressive National Party (PNP)

The Progressive National Party (PNP) is a political party in the Turks and Caicos Islands, currently led by Dr. Rufus Ewing.

The PNP wasunded as the Progressive National Organisation (PNO) by Norman Saunders and Nathaniel 'Bops' Francis before the 1976 general election, which it lost 4-7 to the People's Democratic Movement (PDM).

It changed its name to the PNP, opposed independence, and won the 1980 election with Saunders becoming Chief Minister. The PNP won the 1984 election 83, but in 1985 Saunders was arrested with two govenment members in Maimi and jailed in the United States on drug conspiracy charges. He was replaced as Chief Minister by his deputy, Nathaniel Francis.

Amidst, being declared unfit for public office and the imposition of direct rule by the United Kingdom government, Francis was replaced as party leader in 1987 by Dan Malcolm. The PNP yielded office to the PDM in 1988 general election, 2-11. Robert Hall became its political leader, with Alden Durham being its parliamentary leader.

The PDM was returned to office in 1991 under the leadership of Washington Misick.

In 1995, the PNP won only 4 of 13 seats in the Legislative Council, losing to the PDM under the leadership of Derk Taylor.

At the 2003 legislative elections, the party won 6 out of 13 seats. It won two extra seats at a by-election on 7 August 2003, bringing the party to power. In the 9 February 2007 elections the party won 13 out of 15 seats. In the 2012 election, the PNP, under the leadership of Dr. Rufus Ewing, won 9 of 15 seats.

Leader Dr. Rufus EWING
Founded 1976 (reconstituted 21 July 2012)
Ideology Liberalism, Conservatism, Pro-autonomy
Political Position Right-wing
Party Colour Yellow
Party Symbol Conch shell
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Youth Arm Young Nationals Association
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