In the devastating wake of Hurricane Dorian, Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Leader Philip Brave Davis said yesterday the party is considering postponing its vote of no confidence in Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis.
“We’re considering postponing it because we still think the conduct of the prime minister in [misleading] Parliament was sufficiently egregious,” Davis said.
He added, “The resolution is in draft but I don’t know whether I want to – with the country in the state it is and the shock it is – I don’t want to appear to be too divisive at this time.”
Davis said Minnis is being “very partisan” in his handling of the aftermath of Dorian – a deadly Category 5 storm with a death toll of at least 50.
“He’s not involving the opposition in anything,” the opposition leader said.
Davis said he will propose the postponement of the vote at the PLP’s next leadership meeting.
However, it is unclear when that will take place as it is delayed because of Dorian.
Asked if the opposition will take into consideration the prime minister’s handling of the storm’s aftermath in the vote, Davis said, “There are many questions that are yet to be answered but I think answering them at this time will only distract from my party’s efforts in trying to support and assist in bringing relief and comfort to those who have been impacted by the hurricane.”
He also noted he wrote a letter to Minnis requesting that Parliament be recalled “to start discussing these matters”.
Davis said the prime minister did not reply.
On July 26, Davis announced that the opposition’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.
Three days later, Minnis dared Davis to move forward with the vote, noting that he welcomed it.
“I hope he will go through with it,” Minnis said.
“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.”
The House of Assembly passed a resolution last October approving the government leasing space at the mall 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 said they discussed the terms of the lease.