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Opposition Fires Back at Deputy

The Opposition leader is charging that FNM MPs are not being treated fairly in the House of Assembly as attempts are made to silence members.



NASSAU, BAHAMAS – The Free National Movement’s parliamentary caucus not only feels it’s being treated unfairly but the Deputy Speaker is seeking to silence it’s members during house proceedings.

But as Berthony McDermott tells us, the FNM is not backing down.

One day afte Deputy Speaker Sylvanus Petty attempted to remove FNM Leader Michael Pintard from Parliament, Opposition members feel they were being treated unfairly and that attempts are being made to quiet them, according to Pintard.

The incident unfolded while North Abaco Member of Parliament Kirk Cornish was contributing to the 2022/2023 Budget Debate.

In his address, he accused the former government of having frozen hearts relating to their handling of hurricane Dorian.

Following the objection, the deputy speaker asserted that there were to be no more points of order until the member’s communication was finished, prompting the heated exchange.

The parliamentary rules state that for a member to be removed, the speaker must first name them.

The speaker then has to put the question to the house for a member to be removed or suspended – without any procedures.

A yes vote then results in removal.