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FNM chairman ‘concerned’ over Dames-McAlpine incident

Free National Movement (FNM) Chairman Carl Culmer said yesterday he is concerned over the “unfortunate” butting of heads that took place between two FNM MPs after the House of Assembly suspended on Wednesday.

Minister of National Security Marvin Dames lashed out after he was approached by Pineridge MP Frederick McAlpine as they exited Parliament.

Culmer said, “When anything like that happens anyone would be concerned as leader, especially when you have one member trying to cause so much turmoil in the organization.”

The chairman was referring to McAlpine, who has been highly critical of the FNM since it came to office in May 2017.

Earlier this week, the Pineridge MP suggested the government lacked integrity because of Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis’ failure to address recent calls for the resignations of Dames and Health Minister Dr. Duane Sands. 

“I don’t want to discuss and say anything about [McAlpine],” Culmer said.

“You know, it’s unfortunate that something like that would happen because it hasn’t happened in our party like that before. I will not know what’s the end game for him; he has to determine that for himself.”

He added: “The party is strong. One person does not determine the fate of our party, and as you can see the party is still working forward.”

Dames told reporters on Wednesday he was tired of the “sideshow” that has progressed surrounding his and Sands’ involvement in the recent corruption case of former Progressive Liberal Party Senator Frank Smith, who was acquitted.

The magistrate in the case was highly critical of the ministers.

Culmer said the FNM is working to “quickly” address the issues that may have contributed to the incident.

“We will take its lead from the leader,” the chairman said.

“The party has an executive committee [and] we’ll discuss it from there and we’ll take it to the council, and the council will go from there.”


Jasper Ward

Staff Reporter at The Nassau Guardian
Jasper Ward started at The Nassau Guardian in September 2018. Ward covers a wide range of national and social issues.
Education: Goldsmith, University of London, MA in Race, Media and Social Justice
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