Bahamas: Opposition leader encourages rejection of extended orders

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Opposition Leader Philip Brave Davis said yesterday that “no self-respecting parliamentarian” should support an extension of the public state of emergency to November 30.

Davis maintained the opposition’s stance against the resulution during debate in the House of Assembly yesterday.

Davis said: “Mr Speaker, we do not support an extension of this emergency order. Bahamians are suffering. We are in a health crisis. We are in an economic crisis and we are suffering from a leadership crisis. That too, with lack of trust in this government spreading faster than this terrible virus, and now we have an administrative crisis to contend with as well.”

According to Davis, the government has “utterly failed” to contain the spread of the virus in The Bahamas – an assertion that was strongly rejected by governing members.

Davis also lamented the continued power vested to the competent authority, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis.

He said while the official opposition supported the initial public state of emergency, the government has “squandered” the period.

He called on the government to provide evidence to support the continued need for an extension.


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