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Minnis awaiting word from queen on GG confirmation

Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis said yesterday that he is awaiting word from Queen Elizabeth II on his nomination for governor general.

The royal family of the United Kingdom announced on social media yesterday that Governor General Dame Marguerite Pindling had met with Queen Elizabeth II to relinquish her post.

Asked about the announcement, the prime minister said, “There’s a process.”

Minnis continued, “She would’ve gone over to visit Her Majesty…

“I would’ve sent forth a nomination for a replacement of the governor general, but that is not complete until that is confirmed by the queen, after which they would send that correspondence back here. So the whole process really is in train right now.”

Earlier this month, former non-resident Ambassador to Panama C.A. Smith notified a small group about his recent resignation as ambassador and that he was to become governor general after Queen Elizabeth II appointed him.

The revelation was contained in a video that was posted on social media.

Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Leader Philip Brave Davis later blasted Smith, calling the video a “violation…of all protocols” and an insult to Dame Marguerite.

Davis added that he was not consulted or informed by Minnis about any changes regarding the governor general’s office.

Smith later apologized for his “unintended breach of protocol”.

Minnis said yesterday that it is unfortunate that society has digressed to the point where people can’t have a private conversation without someone recording it and positing it to social media.

“Individuals record it through social media and send it and it becomes viral or whatever else,” he said.

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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