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The Chief Minister of Jersey (French: Premier Ministre de Jersey) is the head of government of Jersey. The head of government is not elected by the people but rather by secret ballot in the legislature (States of Jersey).

The post was created by reforms to the machinery of government to change from a consensus style of government by committee of the whole States of Jersey to a system of cabinet government under a Chief Minister.

2005 election

The first Chief Minister of Jersey was elected on 5 December 2005 following the Jersey elections, 2005.

Two candidates were nominated on 1 December 2005:

In a secret ballot on Monday, 5 December 2005, the States of Jersey elected Senator Walker to be the first Chief Minister in Jersey history, receiving 38 votes to Senator Syvret's 14 votes of support, an unsurprising result for the latter who considered himself the underdog (a concern he had expressed during the preceding weekend in an interview with Channel Television).

2008 election

Senator Terry Le Sueur was elected Chief Minister on 8 December 2008 following the Jersey general election, 2008[1].

In a secret ballot, the States of Jersey voted for Senator Le Sueur with 36 votes. The only other challenger, Senator Alan Breckon, received 17 votes.


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