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FNM: Promised repeal of VAT still planned

THE Minnis administration isn’t changing its tune on value added tax and still intends to repeal the fee on a variety of items and services, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Peter Turnquest said yesterday.

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PLP: FNM IS FOLLOWING IN OUR FOOTSTEPS

THE Progressive Liberal Party tried to brand much of the government’s agenda in the Speech from The Throne as a continuation of the previous administration’s plans.

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Working with community to fight crime on govt agenda

THE newly elected Free National Movement government yesterday promised to “implement modern crime fighting initiatives,” collaborate with civic leaders, including the religious community and initiate neighbourhood safety programmes in an effort to “reduce the culture of violence” in The Bahamas.

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Referendum planned on term limits, recall system

THE Minnis administration will seek the consent of the electorate by way of a referendum on instituting term limits for the prime minister, a recall system for non-performing members of Parliament and an independent Constituencies Commission and Electoral Commission, the Speech from The Throne revealed yesterday.

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Anti-corruption pledge by FNM

IN keeping with its campaign promise to wipe out malfeasance in government and increase transparency, the Free National Movement administration pledged yesterday to create and enforce anti-corruption legislation for parliamentarians and public officers.

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Plans to reduce, not repeal VAT on common goods

IN yesterday’s Speech from The Throne, the new government said it will reduce value added tax on breadbasket items, as the Minnis administration also outlined plans to transform Over-the-Hill communities.

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Moultrie, Saunders named to speaker roles and committee posts appointed

DURING the official opening of the new Parliament session yesterday, several members of Parliament were appointed to seven committees.

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The Speech from the Throne in full

The new government's policies were outlined by Governor General Dame Marguerite Pindling in the Speech from the Throne on Wednesday.

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Former AG regrets only communications over Baha Mar

FORMER Attorney General Allyson Maynard-Gibson said if she were to have any regrets over the previous Government’s handling of Baha Mar, it is that there was not “stronger” or “more regular” communication regarding the process.

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Davis has no fears over Urban Renewal review

WHILE insisting he has no concerns over anything that may come to light concerning Urban Renewal, Official Opposition Leader Philip “Brave” Davis threatened to “make a story” over the way the government does business, should the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) be impugned unfairly.

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Henfield ‘deceptive’ in pursuit of selfish interests - Roberts

BRADLEY Roberts labelled We March organiser Ranard Henfield “deceptive” yesterday following the activist’s appointment to the Senate by Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis on Monday.

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PLP senators will be vigilant, says Davis

OFFICIAL Opposition Leader Philip “Brave” Davis said yesterday he is confident that the four newly-appointed Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) senators will be vigilant and correct misinformation when they begin work in the Upper Chamber.

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'Hundreds of appointments' for govt to begin in two weeks

THE Minnis administration will begin making appointments to government boards, committees and diplomatic posts in two to three weeks, Free National Movement (FNM) chairman Sidney Collie said yesterday.

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FNM to start making good on tax promises in budget

DEPUTY Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Peter Turnquest said yesterday the Minnis administration intends to begin making good on its tax-related promises in next week’s budget presentation.

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Pledge to free ZNS from political manipulation

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis pledged to transform ZNS from what was a “state propaganda machine under the last government” into a “properly functioning public broadcasting corporation” yesterday as he spoke at Government House during a swearing-in ceremony for parliamentary secretaries and government senators.

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