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Bahamas: AG maintains govt needed state of emergency to implement curfews, lockdowns

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Attorney General Carl Bethel once again defended the government’s decision to declare a state of emergency amidst the ongoing pandemic, suggesting that it was the only way policymakers could implement the necessary restrictions.

As he opened the Senate debate on a resolution to extend the emergency orders until May 23, Bethel hit out at comments made in a Nassau Guardian editorial that claimed the government could have implemented the same protocols through Parliamentary legislation, calling the observations legally ill-advised.

Bethel said: “The allegation that an MP and minister and the prime minister would make demonstrably false statements to the House of Assembly is a most serious allegation as it cuts to the paramount duty of ministers and members of Parliament to always speak the truth in Parliament.”

He charged that the prime minister is owed an apology for the allegations, which he claimed was “going a little too far.”

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