Monday, Aug 19, 2019
HomeNewsSmith apologizes for GG announcement 

Smith apologizes for GG announcement 

Veteran politician C.A. Smith today apologized to Governor General Dame Marguerite Pindling and Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis for “any embarrassment” suffered as a result of his revelation that he will be sworn in as the country’s next governor general before the end of this month.

Smith, the most recent non-resident ambassador to Panama, said his comments were an “untended breach of protocol”.

“At a farewell luncheon with the foreign affairs staff in Freeport on Friday last, in strictest confidence, I shared with them my plans for the future and told them that I was being appointed to the Office of Governor General,” said Smith in a statement.

“I wish to assure the Bahamian people that this was a private discussion that was never intended to be made public.

“I extend sincerest apologies to Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling and to the Most Hon. Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis and the government for any embarrassment or inconvenience resulting from this unintended breach of protocol.”

A video of Smith’s farewell speech was posted to social media.

Addressing the small group, Smith advised those gathered about his recent resignation as ambassador to Panama and five other countries.

“It is no secret that I tendered my resignation with effect from today to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and after midnight tonight, I’ll no longer be ambassador to six Central American countries,” Smith said.

“But the resignation was really more not of retirement but more of transition.

“As a result of Her Majesty the Queen appointing me to be the governor general, I found it necessary to have to resign from the position that I had to be transited to another position.”

Dame Marguerite, widow of former Prime Minister Sir Lynden Pindling, has served as governor general since July 2014.

Krystel Brown

Online Editor at Nassau Guardian
Krystel covers breaking news for The Nassau Guardian. Krystel also manages The Guardian’s social media pages. She joined The Nassau Guardian in 2007 as a staff reporter, covering national news. She was promoted to online editor in May 2017.
Education: Benedict College, BA in Mass Communications

Latest posts by Krystel Brown (see all)

FOLLOW US ON:
Trump meets queen, e
Musicians’ union p