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No word on who is acting PM as Christie leaves country

PRIME Minister Perry Christie left the country on Tuesday afternoon to attend a series of private discussions in Geneva, Switzerland with Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) officials, The Tribune was told. He is expected to return on Sunday.

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‘Time to stop using the race card in politics’

FORMER Deputy Prime Minister Brent Symonette yesterday spoke out against remarks made by Tennyson Wells, blasting the former parliamentarian and Cabinet minister for using political tactics that should be “relegated to history books”.

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PLP chairman says ‘deep-seated division’ in FNM is clear

PLP Chairman Bradley Roberts said it is evident there is “deep-seated division” within the Free National Movement after Montagu MP Richard Lightbourn revealed he had been called “racist” at a party meeting because of his criticism of proposed tax breaks for Over-the-Hill communities.

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FNM Deputy: New Carnival, but same mistakes as last year

FNM DEPUTY Leader Peter Turnquest yesterday said it seems the government and the Bahamas National Festival Commission “have not learned anything” from the failure of last year’s Junkanoo Carnival and are “back to making the same mistakes.”

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Lightbourn told of criticism at FNM meeting

MONTAGU MP Richard Lightbourn said he was accused of being “racist” during a Free National Movement policy meeting, admitting to The Tribune yesterday that he is concerned efforts are underway in the party to define him as such because of his criticism of FNM Leader Dr Hubert Minnis.

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Bran compares PLP's 'abuse' of Bahamians to 'a battered wife'

BRANVILLE McCartney has called on Bahamians to "do the right thing" and vote the Christie administration out of office as he compared the PLP's "abuse" of the Bahamian people during its current term in office to that of a "battered wife". 

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Cabinet to review Intelligence Agency legislation next week

NATIONAL Security Minister Dr Bernard Nottage said Cabinet is expected to review the long-awaited National Intelligence Agency legislation next week.

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‘What are you going to do with the grenades?’

FREE National Movement Deputy Leader Peter Turnquest accused the Christie administration of “preparing for something” as he called on Bahamians to be “vigilant” and “concerned” over the People’s Republic of China’s recent gift to the country of military equipment and musical instruments worth $1.2m.

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FNM ‘outraged’ over ‘false’ report that Dr Minnis attempted to expel four MPs

FREE National Movement Chairman Michael Pintard yesterday said the party is “outraged” at the “false assertion” that party Leader Dr Hubert Minnis attempted to expel four FNM parliamentarians at an emergency executive meeting on Monday night.

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MINNIS TELLS SUPPORTERS: DON’T LOSE FOCUS

FREE National Movement leader Dr Hubert Minnis told supporters last night that at a time when it is easy to get distracted in the “silliness”, “constant bickering and petty airing of our dirty laundry”, FNMs must not lose focus of the real issues now facing the country.

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Greg Moss: NHI charging Bahamians a second time for public health care

MARCO City MP Gregory Moss adamantly opposes National Health Insurance, which he says is really about charging Bahamians a second time for access to public health care that they are already paying for now through taxes paid to the government.

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UPDATED: Minnis tries to throw out MPs

AT an emergency executive meeting, called at FNM headquarters last night, committee members dissuaded party leader Dr Hubert Minnis from expelling four FNM parliamentarians for demanding a public apology from Senator Lanisha Rolle, who had publicly criticised them in a call-in radio talk show two weeks ago.

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Equality referendum is ‘likely’ before July

IT IS likely that the government will hold its severely stalled equality referendum within the first half of this year, according to National Security Minister Dr Bernard Nottage yesterday, as he stressed that the vote “is still very much on the books”.

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Bank denies probe into delinquent ‘PLP loans’

THE BAHAMAS Development Bank yesterday denied assertions that the  bank was overlooking “delinquent loans” by members of the Progressive Liberal Party and that politics plays a role in the day-to-day operations of the financial institution.

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Nottage preparing to make music not war

ACTING Royal Bahamas Defence Force Commander Captain Tellis Bethel yesterday moved to allay concerns sparked by his organisation’s recent acquisition of military equipment from China, explaining that there was no need for public concern.

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