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Bahamas: Legislators clash in House, Senate over DPM fraud allegations

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Government and opposition parliamentarians clashed in both houses of Parliament yesterday over allegations of East Grand Bahama MP Peter Turnquest’s involvement in a $30 million “bogus loan” scheme.

Turnquest, who has denied the allegations and said legal proceedings will vindicate him, resigned as a Cabinet minister yesterday afternoon.

During debate on amendments to the Penal Code in the House of Assembly, Opposition Leader Philip Brave Davis raised the allegations, which drew an immediate rebuke from the governing side, which called for the Cat Island, Rum Cay and San Salvador MP to withdraw or have the statement expunged from the record.

At the time Davis made the remark, Davis argued that the government, which has the majority in Parliament, continues to have its way, but the opposition has a right to have its say.

Rising to his feet, Minister of Public Works Demond Bannister said: “The deputy prime minister cannot stand, so I stand on a point of order.

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