Englerston MP Glenys Hanna-Martin has resigned as leader of opposition business in the House of Assembly.
Mangrove Cay and South Andros MP Picewell Forbes has been appointed to the position effective immediately.
Hanna-Martin confirmed yesterday that she resigned the day after she lost the Progressive Liberal Party’s (PLP) leadership race.
“It’s in accord with convention. I challenged the individual who appointed me and that individual succeeded at the last convention,” she said.
“Therefore, the convention states that I submit my resignation which is what I did.”
Philip Brave Davis won the leadership race by more than 700 votes.
Hanna-Martin dismissed any other speculation as the reason for her resignation.
She said, “We don’t want to get into gossip. I’ve said the reason. Those other things that other people are saying are not relevant.
“The reason is the (Westminster) convention requires that if someone appoints you and you run against them and they are successful, the convention requires that you submit your resignation, which is what I did.”
In a statement released at 11:25 p.m. on Wednesday, Hanna-Martin conceded defeat.
“I am grateful that this has deepened my understanding of my country and enhanced my love and appreciation of The Bahamas,” she said.
“Throughout this process, I have been able to refine my philosophical commitments.
“And so, I will not settle for the status quo.
“I will therefore continue my efforts to agitate for change within the party.
“I congratulate the new leader of the PLP, Mr. Philip Davis, as he takes the helm.”
Hanna-Martin said yesterday that while she will no longer serve as leader of opposition business, she will meet her obligations as Englerston MP.
“I’m the only MP representing the PLP in New Providence,” she said.
“I was elected by the people of Englerston, so I have an obligation and a duty which I intend to fulfill to the fullest.”
In a letter dated October 29, 2017, Davis informed Forbes that he has accepted Hanna-Martin’s resignation.
“I am, as a consequence of vacancy, very pleased to appoint you as leader of opposition business, effective immediately,” the letter stated.
“I am confident that you will work well with the leader of government business to arrange the business of the House.
“With equal importance, know that our team looks to you to hold the government to account in its overall management of the House.
“Thank you for your service to the people of The Bahamas.
“I wish you all the best in this critical undertaking.”
The House will resume tomorrow after a two-week break to accommodate the PLP convention.