Minnis hits opposition critics of his recent trip to Belgium
NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis fired shots at the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) on Thursday after the opposition lambasted him for his decision to lead a delegation to Brussels and then called for Bahamians to cast a ‘no confidence’ vote in his leadership.
“I don’t worry about them, they’re looking to get my job. I don’t worry about them,” the prime minister asserted.
His defensive comments were aimed at quieting noise in the opposition camp that the prime minister acted out of character when he decided to lead a delegation to Brussels, Belgium to meet with the European Commission to discuss the country’s financial services sector.
Fred Mitchell, PLP Chairman, asserted that the prime minister made a mockery of his post as country leader by “lowering himself” to meet with European Union (EU) officials.
Mitchell labelled the prime minister’s trip as, “strange,” considering that his cabinet consists of a “finance minister, an international trade minister, a foreign minister and an EU ambassador.”
On the heels of Mitchell’s tongue lashing, Chester Cooper, PLP Deputy Leader asserted during a rally held at the party’s headquarters Wednesday night that Bahamians needed to take a vote of no confidence in the prime minister.
Cooper highlighted government’s missteps with the Oban deal, the increase in value-added tax (VAT) and continual issues at Bahamas Power and Light (BPL) as valid reasons why Bahamians should oust the Minnis administration.
The prime minister told Eyewitness News Online that opposition’s attack on his administration is baseless and refuses to focus on their assertions.