PLP won’t support extension of emergency powers without exit strategy
Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Leader Philip Brave Davis criticized Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis’ national address on Sunday, describing it as “puffery” as he called on the prime minister to speak to when the public state of emergency may end.
“This afternoon, we all awaited for the exit strategy from this never ending Proclamation of Public Emergency,” Davis said in a statement issued Sunday night. “Instead, we got self-promotion and puffery, FNM (Free National Movement) rally talk and politics, mixing up facts with fiction.
“The PLP will not support the endless extension of these proclamations of emergency without an end game, nor an extension without the Parliament’s ability to review it over short periods of time. The prime minister can forget it.”
He added, “It appears to us that the prime minister has simply gotten drunk with the power of the proclamations and is enjoying the use of dictatorial powers so much, he simply cannot and will not let go.”
The country has been in a state of emergency since mid-March due to the outbreak of COVID-19, allowing for emergency powers to be ordered by the prime minister as the competent authority.
Under these regulations, nationwide curfews, lockdowns and other social restrictions have been implemented, with businesses being ordered to close or given strict instructions under which they can operate, with the restrictions only recently beginning to relax, as the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in country began to slow.
The emergency measures were originally set to expire at the end of March, but they have since been extended several times; the latest of which is a resolution to extend them through the month of July.
The initial state of emergency ended at midnight, after the government unintentionally did not debate and pass that resolution.
Governor General C. A. Smith issued a new proclamation of emergency to extend the initial proclamation.
The new proclamation of emergency can be extended up to six months.
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