Ex-premier was ousted amid corruption probe seeks return to power in Cayman elections

A former Cayman Islands premier who faces 11 criminal charges is heading into elections with a chance of returning to leadership of the British Overseas Territory.

McKeeva Bush's United Democratic Party is one of just two parties with a distant chance at winning outright in Wednesday's vote for all 18 seats in the legislature. But no party is fielding candidates for all the seats and most observers say a coalition government is likely for the three-island territory of about 56,000 people.

Bush's main rival is attorney Alden McLaughlin, head of the People's Progressive Movement.

Bush lost a no-confidence vote and was ousted as premier in December after being arrested on suspicion of misusing a government credit card and abuse of office. He says the police probes are politically motivated.