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BAHAMAS - FNM Charges 'Rebel Seven' With Bringing Party Into 'Disrepute and Dishonour'

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(L-R) Hubert Chipman, MP St. Anne's; Edison Key, MP Central and South Abaco; Richard Lightbourn, MP Montagu; Loretta Butler-Turner, MP Long Island, Neko Grant, MP Central Grand Bahama; Theo Neilly, MP North Eleuthera and Andre Rollins, MP Fort Charlotte. Photo: Shawn Hanna (L-R) Hubert Chipman, MP St. Anne's; Edison Key, MP Central and South Abaco; Richard Lightbourn, MP Montagu; Loretta Butler-Turner, MP Long Island, Neko Grant, MP Central Grand Bahama; Theo Neilly, MP North Eleuthera and Andre Rollins, MP Fort Charlotte. Photo: Shawn Hanna
Bahamas Opposition party, the Free National Movement (FNM), has taken action against the "rebel seven" Parliamentarians who wrote to the Governor General withdrawing their support for  Opposition Leader Dr. Hubert Minnis.
 

According to  a report in the Tribune 242,  the party has charged the parliamentarians with bringing the party into "disrepute, division, rancor and dishonour."

 

The report says  a letter sent to the rebel MPs and signed by party general secretary Michael Foulkes, has given the parliamentarians seven days to return a written response to the executive committee of the FNM, in explaination of their actions.

 

"In the event that you fail to reply or the Executive Committee is of opinion that such reply as you have furnished does not exculpate you, the Executive Committee may, under the provisions of Article 54 of the Constitution of the FNM, appoint a Tribunal, as therein specified," the letter says.

 

The rebel MPs could be fined a maximum of $100 or be suspended for no longer than a year, according to the FNM constitution.

 

The Executive Committee said the parliamentarians brought the party into disrepute through the events of December 7 when they sent a letter to Governor General Dame Marguerite Pindling that was read in the House of Assembly by House Speaker Dr Kendal Major.

 

The parliamentarians declared that they have withdrawn their support for Dr Hubert Minnis as Leader of the Opposition in the House and voted for Long Island MP Loretta Butler-Turner to lead them.

 

The seven parliamentarians say they have no plans to resign from the party.

 

Meanwhile, Mrs Butler-Turner has been sworn in as the first female leader of the Official Opposition on Sunday at the Governor General's House. Mrs Butler-Turner met with Governor General Dame Marguerite Pindling on Friday morning.

 
 
  • Countries: Bahamas