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Opposition to move no confidence motion against PM

Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Leader Philip Brave Davis said last night that the party’s parliamentary caucus intends to move a vote of no confidence against Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis regarding the Town Centre Mall lease agreement.

Davis was speaking at the final night of the PLP’s convention at the Melia Nassau Beach resort.

“A prime minister with a conscience would resign,” Davis told PLP supporters as he addressed the Town Centre Mall lease agreement matter.

“A prime minister who cared about trust and good governance would resign. None of us holding our breath, are we?

“So tonight, I want to announce that I will be working with our parliamentary group on a no confidence motion that we intend to introduce in the House of Assembly at the earliest opportunity.

“And what we are going to do is require members of the FNM (Free National Movement) to go on the record and vote.

“They are going to be forced to demonstrate whether they are…on the side of the Bahamian people.”

The government passed a resolution to lease the mall to house the General Post Office on October 24, 2018 from St. Anne’s MP Brent Symonette and his brother.

The matter surrounding the post office was reignited following Symonette’s resignation from Cabinet – which he has said is unconnected to the matter – and revelations that Minnis called him directly to discuss the government’s plan to rent the space.

Former Attorney General Alfred Sears has called into question the legitimacy of the resolution, given the revelation of the conversation between Symonette and Minnis.

Symonette declared his interest in the property a week after the resolution was tabled in Parliament, but Sears has questioned whether that disclosure should have taken place before the resolution was tabled.

The opposition has also indicated that it is considering seeking a judicial review of the resolution.

As he touted the party’s record and its plans for the future of The Bahamas, Davis also defended the record of former Prime Minister Perry Christie.

“Perry Christie is a good man and I’m proud to call him my friend,” Davis asserted.

“I know he cared and continues to care deeply about this country.

“I’m proud of the work done in that Cabinet too – BAMSI, the National Training Agency, raising the minimum wage, RISE, doubling the number of scholarships and so much more.”

Davis noted that while the last Christie administration sometimes stumbled and didn’t solve all the problems it set out to solve, the group still “did a lot of good”.

“You know, I didn’t always agree with him when he was prime minister,” he insisted.

“He’d be happy to tell you the same.

“We shared a lot of goals but didn’t always agree on how to get there, or how hard to push for change, or how big those changes should be.

“He did things his way, but anyone who knows me knows I’m my own man and always have been.

“I have my own vision. I have my own story.

“I’m here because I’m not done fighting for Bahamians.”

Davis urged supporters and Bahamians at large to give the PLP another chance.

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Sloan Smith

Sloan covers national news for The Nassau Guardian. Sloan officially joined the news team in September 2016 but interned at The Nassau Guardian while studying journalism at the University of The Bahamas. Education: Vrije Universiteit Brussel (University of Brussels), MA in Mass Communications

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