9 Nov 2004

Pitcairn names its first woman mayor

3:49 pm on 9 November 2004

Pitcairn Island has selected its first woman mayor in its 214-year history after its former mayor - a convicted rapist - was sacked last week.

The Pacific island's governing council chose ex-mayor Steve Christian's sister, Brenda, to fill the post.

Mr Christian was one of six island men convicted in October of rapes and sex attacks over a span of 40 years.

Ms Christian will lead the 47-member island community until a formal election can be held on 15 December.

The BBC reports that she was selected unanimously by the seven-member governing council of the tiny British colony.