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Fnm Leader Would Not Hold Cabinet Post As Prime Minister

Dr Hubert Minnis

Dr Hubert Minnis

By SANCHESKA BROWN

Tribune Staff Reporter

sbrown@tribunemedia.net

FNM LEADER Dr Hubert Minnis yesterday declared that he would not take a cabinet post if he became the next Prime Minister, instead serving only as the “CEO” of the executive body.

Dr Minnis also pledged to implement a recall policy for Members of Parliament who “do nothing” for their constituents.

On a Guardian radio talk show, Dr Minnis said he would limit the number of MP’s who are made Cabinet ministers to ensure that constituencies remain a top priority.

Dr Minnis said under his regime the “entire governing structure will change, from the top down.”

“I have stated that in my Cabinet, I will not accept a Cabinet post,” he said.

“I will be the CEO of the Cabinet to ensure that everything is done and everyone follows policies. I will ensure there are term limits introduced for Prime Minsters and I will ensure that we have a recall policy.”

Dr Minnis said: “My feeling is that once an individual elects you as a member of Parliament you are employed by them and you are accountable to them for five years. You should not return two or three months before an election, having disappeared for four and half years and now ask them to reappoint or rehire you.

“If I was the public I would say ‘No, you have not performed for five years and you come back two months before.’ I would say ‘go to hell’. Members of Parliament will be, there will be some Cabinet Ministers. However, there will be certain guidelines and if they don’t they will be dismissed or they will resign.

He said: “I know it is difficult to be in Cabinet and properly run a constituency but it will be aided by a properly defined, functional, local government.”

Dr Minnis also shut down rumours that the Free National Movement is falling apart after the resignation of the former Senator Lanisha Rolle last week – the fifth senator to resign under Dr Minnis’ leadership.

Mrs Rolle’s resignation came after The Tribune published stories this week about an alleged recording in which she made disparaging comments about several FNM MPs, including Long Island MP Loretta Butler-Turner, during a conversation with political hopeful Lincoln Bain.

“There is no chaos in the FNM, this party is a democracy and persons are allowed to speak freely and then at the end of the day we come together and talk,” Dr Minnis said.

“The FNM is going through a transitional change and many people are resisting because people are resistant to change. Hubert Minnis represents change, new leadership and new thinking. The thinking of yester-year must change. The FNM becomes stronger and stronger every day.”

The FNM is scheduled to have a full convention before November 30.

Comments

Sickened 3 years, 3 months ago

Sounds great. The last thing we need is another Prime Minister running the ministry of finance. Look what has happened since independence when crappy lawyers controlled and still control the money. Perry shouldn't even have control over his personal finances.

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sheeprunner12 3 years, 3 months ago

You know who runs his personal house and money........ Bernie of course!!!!!!!

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TalRussell 3 years, 3 months ago

Comrades finally a former substantive Crown Minister who disqualified himself due to his own ministerial failures as a Health Minister.

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MonkeeDoo 3 years, 3 months ago

I don't think Minnis should even offer as a Candidate. When the FNM is the Government with another leader we can surely come up with a title for Dr. Minnis that will sound very important and make him feel good. "Leader Emeritus" immediately comes to mind !

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licks2 3 years, 3 months ago

You can't wear that man shoe. . .HE IS THE NEW DARLINBG OF THE PEOPLE. . .THAT'S IF PAPA STAY GONE. . .EVEN THE DNA THEM "SEE THE LIGHT". . .PLP THEM KNOW THAT. THE PEOPLE SEE HIM AS "ONE OF THEM" AND THEREFORE DON'T TAKE TOO KINDLY TO YOU "BACK STABBING" FNMS DOING "THINGS" TO HIM!!!

He came of Carlton Smith show and people thought that he made a good showing for himself. . .

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sheeprunner12 3 years, 3 months ago

Minnis is right ........ As CEO of The Bahamas, the Prime Minister has enough work to do representing our country to the world ......... His job is to MANAGE the Cabinet........ he does not need a Cabinet post ....... It was Pindling who started this nonsense of being PM and Minister of Finance ....... In what other developed country would you find that happening?????? ........ That has led us to the financial mess and crookedness that we experience today

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birdiestrachan 3 years, 3 months ago

Does the good Doctor really beleive that Bran will allow him to be PM. when the DNA, FNM and the UBP become one. God forbid Bran will be PM . So what is the Doctor talking about..

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