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Opposition party in Cayman Islands wins 9 of 18 seats to dominate new coalition gov't

Election officials in the Cayman Islands say the opposition party has won nine of 18 seats, one short of a majority needed to control the British territory's legislature.

The results released Thursday mean that attorney Alden McLaughlin's People's Progressive Movement will be the dominant force in a coalition government.

Negotiations to choose the next leader are set to begin. Political analysts say McLaughlin is the presumed pick.

A former premier who was ousted from leadership last year amid a corruption probe won re-election to his seat. But McKeeva Bush's United Democratic Party won just three seats overall.

Outgoing Premier Juliana O'Connor-Connolly was the lone member of her party to win re-election.

Independents will fill the rest of the seats, including four candidates endorsed by political advocacy group Coalition for Cayman.