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Bahamas: House speaker returns power to the people with PAC ruling

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Speaker of the House of Assembly Halson Moultrie today overturned former House Speaker Dr Kendal Major’s 2015 ruling on the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), which prohibited the opposition-led committee from carrying out further inquiries into the auditor general’s report ahead of its tabling.

In his first act as an independent speaker since resigning from the Free National Movement (FNM) last week, Moultrie indicated that over the years, the legislative branch of government has been diluted and diminished.

The speaker said the power must be returned to the people as he reinstated the scope and powers of the PAC, repealing Major’s ruling.

The former speaker’s ruling centered around the auditor general’s report on the Christie administration’s Urban Renewal Program.

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