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Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis last night dared Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Leader Philip Brave Davis to move forward with a vote of no confidence in him.

“It’s good and we welcome it,” Minnis told The Nassau Guardian.

“I hope he will go through with it. We look forward to it on October 2 when we resume Parliament. That will give him an opportunity to see how strong and together the FNM (Free National Movement) is.

“But, like I said, the Bahamian people will make this determination in 2022.”

Minnis added, “I have no doubt that they will put us back. We are on the right track. The economy is growing. People are doing better. And next week, in two weeks, at the youth convention, you will hear more about ideas and our vision moving forward.”

On Friday, Davis said the party’s parliamentary caucus intends to move a vote of no confidence in Minnis as a result of the

government’s handling of a lease to rent space in Town Centre Mall for the General Post Office.

The House of Assembly passed a resolution last October approving the government leasing space at the mall in New Providence for the post office.

It was a controversial move as Brent Symonette, who was at the time a Cabinet minister, is a part-owner of the mall.

The controversy was re-ignited following Symonette’s resignation from Cabinet at the end of June — which he has said is not connected to the issue.

After he resigned, Symonette revealed that the prime minister called him to inform him about the post office decision and they discussed the terms of the lease.

Many saw it as evidence that Parliament had been misled into believing that Symonette had had no discussions with his colleagues about the lease.

However, last night, Minnis insisted the government’s decision to lease the mall was “transparent”.

“That matter was addressed in Parliament,” he said.

“And you can pull all that we said — the entire discussions, debates, etc. — it was an overt, complete transparent procedure unlike the PLP and what they’ve done in the past but I need not go down that road today.”

Minnis added, “The entire matter was addressed in Parliament in a transparent manner.”

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Jasper Ward

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

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