TIME FOR A NEW PARLIAMENT: Public Health and Integrity Commission bills fall away; must be re-tabled

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Several of the Minnis administration’s key legislative agenda tabled throughout its tenure will fall away as Parliament was dissolved yesterday. Any bills or legislation previously brought forth by the administration will now have to be tabled again if they are re-elected. This includes legislation like the newly tabled Public Health Emergency Bill […]

OUT OF ORDER: Saunders had no authority to order Davis escorted from Parliament, says former deputy speaker

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Former Deputy House Speaker Dion Smith yesterday condemned the recent actions of current Deputy Speaker Don Saunders, insisting he did not follow the rules when he had an officer escort opposition leader Philip Brave Davis out of the Lower Chamber earlier this month. On May 5, a shouting match between Saunders and […]

IMPASSE: Davis says speaker has right to ask questions but PM has right not to answer

Opposition leader says private discussion between Minnis and Moultrie should have been held before the matter was made public NASSAU, BAHAMAS —  Opposition Leader Philip Brave Davis yesterday warned that the “administrative impasse” between the House of Assembly speaker and the government could lead to an interruption in the legislative agenda. Davis was responding to […]

NOTHING TO SEE HERE: House speaker says “all issues have been resolved” with executive

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — House Speaker Halson Moultrie advised yesterday that “all issues have been resolved” between him and members of the executive, following a contentious House meeting last week over the failure to respond to a COVID-19 exposure in the Lower Chamber. Parliamentarians met briefly yesterday for the first sitting of the House of Assembly […]

LOST OPPORTUNITY: Former speaker says govt. should have urgently introduced hybrid system for parliamentary sittings

Major: HOA COVID exposure “grossly unfortunate” and ought not to have happened “The government need to practice and start by leading by the rules and the laws that it established.” NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The government missed the opportunity to introduce a safer, hybrid method for parliamentary proceedings throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, said former House of […]

EXPOSED: House of Assembly staff quarantined after another employee tests positive for COVID

“Many members were in attendance on Wednesday last week and were served by that particular staffer who has contracted the virus” NASSAU, BAHAMAS — A staff member of the House of Assembly has tested positive for COVID-19 and was reportedly symptomatic during last week’s parliamentary sitting, according to House Speaker Halson Moultrie. In an interview […]

A CRYING SHAME: PLP senator “disheartened” some FNM senators failed to receive nominations

Henfield predicts Cabinet post in next term; says he will be “minister of local government and people empowerment” NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Senator Jobeth Coleby-Davis yesterday expressed disappointment and defended Free National Movement (FNM) senators who were “passed over” for seat nominations in the upcoming General Election. In a tongue-in-cheek tone at the beginning of her […]

RELUCTANT: PM says women not offering themselves for office

Minnis says lack of female representation “not good for our democracy”  NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis admitted yesterday that a lack of female representation in Parliament and Cabinet is “not good” for the country’s democracy, insisted that the Free National Movement (FNM) will be putting forth more women in the upcoming general […]

Davis, Bannister butt heads over claim of AG “breaching Parliamentary privilege”

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Opposition Leader Philip Brave Davis has accused the attorney general of breaching his Parliamentary privilege regarding accusations against the prime minister’s failure to table financial reports relating to the government’s spending on coronavirus mitigation. House Speaker Halson Moultrie on Wednesday ordered that the matter be sent to the House Committee on Privilege. Davis […]

Davis slams state of emergency extension as “unnecessary power grab”

Opposition leader says emergency measures are “not a plan” to fight COVID pandemic NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Leader Philip Brave Davis yesterday opposed the government’s move to extend the current state of emergency to January 31, 2021, suggesting instead that “ordinary legislation” can be used to implement measures to mitigate the novel […]

Cooper laments emergency orders “chaos and confusion” on Exuma

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Emergency measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 on Exuma were “unduly harsh” and caused “chaos and confusion”, the island’s member of Parliament stated yesterday. Exumas and Ragged Island MP and Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Deputy Leader Chester Cooper said: “We saw that when the prime minister made the announcement of tighter […]

Turnquest resigns, PM accepts

PM to serve as interim minister of finance Third Cabinet minister to resign  NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis has accepted the resignation of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Peter Turnquest. In a statement, the prime minister thanked Turnquest for his service to The Bahamas, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. “I […]

DNA leader joins calls for DPM’s resignation

Komolafe: The Bahamas does not need another PR nightmare NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Democratic National Alliance (DNA) Leader Arinthia Komolafe has added her voice to those calling for the resignation of Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) and Minister of Finance Peter Turnquest due to allegations of his involvement in a $30 million “bogus loan” scheme. “The DPM […]

South Eleuthera MP confirmed positive for COVID-19

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Central and South Eleuthera MP Hank Johnson confirmed today that he has tested positive for COVID-19. Johnson, who posted the update to his Facebook page, said he is currently hospitalized in New Providence. “I thank the medical staff for their skilled and detailed care of me and all the Bahamians battling this […]

PM: Govt. to review manifesto

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis said yesterday that his administration will still seek to implement much of its campaign promises before the end of their first term. Minnis was responding to questions from Eyewitness News over the recent selection of the Consistencies Commission and whether the move signals a delay in the […]