The government is not ready to move on a bill that would impose a term limit on the office of prime minister, said Attorney General Carl Bethel earlier this week.
“When the government is ready to move, the government will move, but the government is obviously not ready to move at this time.” he said.
Bethel said the bill is out for consultation.
“Right now the prime minister has the bills (to address this and other related issues). The Cabinet has the bills. Everybody who needs to see the bills has seen them internally, but what the prime minister is doing is putting [them] out to get the views of serious senior lawyers, etc.
“So when that process is finished, he’s also asked me to try to find similar precedents elsewhere in the British Commonwealth, which he’s not been able to find in terms of limiting prime ministers.
“So as it is right now, it’s out for consultation, but it’s private consultations going on.”
Bethel added, “Term limits are matters of the constitution. The prime minister has indicated he’s got his bills. He’s doing some double-checking on them. When he’s ready to bring it forward, he’ll bring it forward, in the sense that he will move the government to bring it forward.”
Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis indicated in September before a trip to New York that the bill would be tabled two weeks later.
However, months later, the bill has yet to be tabled.
The introduction of the bill would be a step toward fulfilling an election promise.
During the last campaign, Minnis repeatedly promised that, if elected, he would push legislation to limit the tenure of the prime minister to two terms, whether consecutive or not.
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