Daniel Gibbs and Victor Banks at a recent July 14 celebration.
ANGUILLA–With the election of Daniel Gibbs as the next President of the Territorial Council of St. Martin, and with Victor Banks the Chief Minister in Anguilla, it is interesting to know that the two are cousins. Banks’ grandparents are Daniel’s great grandparents.
Banks told The Daily Herald, “I am happy to know that my cousin and his team were overwhelmingly successful in the last election for the Presidency of the Collectivité of St. Martin.
Daniel has been in politics for a long time, and now has the opportunity to lead his team for the next five years. Anguilla’s strong relationship with St. Martin is well known, so it is very advantageous that across the three territories we have leaders with Anguillian connections, since William Marlin’s grandmother is from Anguilla.” Banks went on to say that the connections should make for a great opportunity for collaboration across the three territories even in the face of Brexit.
He is to become the 6th president of the Collectivité of St. Martin. As such, he has vowed to increase St. Martin’s relations with the neighbouring Caribbean territories, in particular with Anguilla and St. Maarten.
Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/64767-cousins-leading-two-neighbouring-nations