A day after Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) MPs walked out of the House of Assembly, PLP senators did the same in the upper house.
“The senators of the Progressive Liberal Party withdrew from the chamber today in solidarity and in support of our colleagues in the House of Assembly, who took a principle position yesterday… that we must all protest the persecution of our PLP supporters by this government, and the resulted breakdown in democracy as we see it,” PLP Chairman Fred Mitchell said.
He added, “We want to take this principle stand, and so we’ve withdrawn in support of our colleagues in the House of Assembly, and will not attend the sessions of the Senate until it is judged in the best interest to return and until the point is made that the system requires two parties.
“There’s a minority party and there’s a majority party, and there’s a way the majority party must conduct itself.
“Otherwise, the minority party is entitled to withdraw its support of a system which discriminates and persecutes its supporters.”
At a press conference on Wednesday, opposition leader Philip Brave Davis announced that the party would boycott the House.
Davis said, “I announce with no pleasure that the PLP parliamentary caucus will boycott the House of Assembly for a period in protest, to mark the seriousness.
“We will not rest until tyrannical attitudes and practices are forever vanquished from this society.”
The conference came after the opposition walked out of the House of Assembly following a shouting match between government and opposition members.
The row ensued after Davis attempted to castigate the Minnis administration following the arrests of former Urban Renewal Deputy Director Michelle Reckley and three other people.
Davis accused the government of abusing its power, and also noted that not only could he support his claims, but he could also prove why two Cabinet ministers who testified in the recently concluded corruption trial of former PLP Senator Frank Smith should resign.
In her ruling in that matter, Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt was critical of the conduct of National Security Minister Marvin Dames and Health Minister Dr. Duane Sands in relation to the case.
Mitchell yesterday also called for the resignation or dismissal of the ministers.
He said, “The leader of the opposition has said that the conventions of the constitution require that these ministers step down from their positions, but instead the government led by Hubert Minnis is doubling down in their perfidy, and what they must do is act to have either these gentlemen resign or they must be dismissed.”
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