PM laughs at resignation calls

Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis yesterday laughed at demands from the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) that he resign.

The Nassau Guardian, along with other reporters, shouted questions at Minnis as he made his way inside the Churchill Building for the weekly Cabinet meeting.

“What do you have to say about the opposition calling for you to resign?” The Guardian asked.

Minnis, who did not stop walking, laughed and went inside the building.

On Monday night, PLP Deputy Leader Chester Cooper called for Minnis to resign over the bribery trials of former PLP members Frank Smith and Shane Gibson.

Both men were acquitted of the charges.

The PLP have accused the government of engaging in the “political persecution” of its members.

PLP Leader Philip Brave Davis, during that special call meeting of the National General Council on Monday, called for Attorney General Carl Bethel to either be fired or resign.

Outside Cabinet, Bethel shot Davis’ call down.

“Mr. Davis is just playing politics,” Bethel said.

“He knows that attorneys general play no role in the conduct of any investigation.

“So, I have nothing further to say at this time. If he persists, I may have some things to say, but right now, all I say is he needs to stop playing politics.”

Bethel noted that the PLP is “calling for everyone to resign”.

“I’m only being added to a very long list of people they want to resign,” he said.

“But at the end of the day, you know, we have the duty to protect and observe every provision in the constitution of The Bahamas, chief among which is that in the exercise of the discretion of the attorney general, he does so under the command of no man.”

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Rachel Knowles

Rachel joined The Nassau Guardian in January 2019. Rachel covers national issues. Education: University of Virginia in Charlottesville, BA in Foreign Affairs and Spanish

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