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Chief's pledge to build success
Tony Brown
Mr Brown is the longest serving member of the House of Keys
The Isle of Man's new chief minister has pledged to continue the island's success story of the last 20 years.

Tony Brown, 56, was elected by members of Tynwald, receiving 27 votes with five spoilt papers.

The Castletown MHK, who is the longest serving member of the House of Keys, emerged as the sole candidate after two previous rounds of nominations.

Mr Brown said he was honoured by his appointment, which will mean a search for a new House of Keys speaker.

He was proposed by South Douglas MHK David Cretney and seconded by Middle MHK Martin Quayle.

Gelling tribute

"I am committed to continuing the island's success story of the past two decades and to maintaining an environment where businesses and individuals can flourish.

"The task ahead is to build on the Isle of Man's reputation as a competitive but responsible international business centre, and to keep growing our economy for the benefit of all the people of the island."

Mr Brown also paid tribute to outgoing Chief Minister Donald Gelling, who did not seek re-election.

He said Mr Gelling had served the island with "dedication and distinction".


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