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Bahamas: DISORDER, WAR: House speaker adjourns proceedings after accusing executive of disrespect

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Today’s parliamentary proceedings were abruptly adjourned after Speaker of the House of Assembly Halson Moultrie accused the executive of failing to act in response to a COVID-19 exposure in the Lower Chamber.

Moultrie advised yesterday that a staff member who tested positive for COVID-19 was reportedly symptomatic during last week’s parliamentary sitting.

However, Moultrie, along with staff members who were supposed to be in quarantine, were present for this morning’s proceeding.

The speaker said he contacted both Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis and Leader of Government Business Renward Wells, the Bamboo Town MP, on the course of action following the exposure of the House staff.

Moultrie said: “We waited and got no response.”

He added that the House of Assembly has not been sanitized since the staffer contracted the virus.

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