Prime Minister Philip Brave Davis said yesterday he will not be distracted by the internal politics of the Free National Movement (FNM).
On Wednesday night, FNM Chairman Carl Culmer announced that former Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis will step down as leader of the FNM in November.
Asked about this latest development, the new prime minister said, “Well, that is their challenge. I’m not going to get involved in their internal issues.
“We have work to do, much work to do. This country is in dire straits — both economically and from a health crisis. Our healthcare system is collapsing and we need to address these issues. I’m not going to be distracted by what they’re doing.”
The FNM suffered a spectacular defeat in the general election on September 16, winning just seven of the 39 seats in the House of Assembly with Minnis seeing a drop in support in Killarney from 73 percent in 2017 to 51 percent in 2021.
The Progressive Liberal Party won 32 seats.
In the days following the election, the FNM held a series of high-level meetings to address the issue of leadership.
Culmer said Minnis has pledged to work with whoever succeeds him to ensure the FNM is “battle-ready” for the next general election.
The convention in November will be the party’s first since 2016.