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Minnis blasts govt for shorter Budget debate

FREE National Movement Leader Dr Hubert Minnis accused Prime Minister Perry Christie and senior members of his Cabinet of putting party politics over the good of the nation when they cut the budget debate short in what he saw as an apparent attempt to silence Fort Charlotte MP Dr Andre Rollins.

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‘I won’t join the FNM’

NEWLY independent Fort Charlotte MP Andre Rollins will not make any sudden moves to join the Free National Movement as the dust settles on his explosive resignation from the governing party.

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Rollins told to quit seat

PLP trustee Valentine Grimes yesterday challenged Dr Andre Rollins to resign from his Fort Charlotte seat and allow the constituents “to choose the representative they deserve”.

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Davis hopes future Speakers won’t follow Major’s lead

DEPUTY Prime Minister Philip “Brave” Davis said he hopes future Speakers of the House of Assembly won’t follow the precedent Dr Kendal Major set when he allowed Fort Charlotte MP Dr Andre Rollins speak in Parliament Wednesday night.

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Miller feared Speaker was ready to quit amid row

TALL Pines MP Leslie Miller said he believes the “volatile” actions of Fort Charlotte MP Dr Andre Rollins were birthed from his frustrations of being backed into a corner, unable to have an influence on the country’s development.

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Wells: I would not have stayed with PLP if I had been in Rollins’ position

ALTHOUGH he opted to stick by the decision he made to remain in the Progressive Liberal Party, Bamboo Town MP Renward Wells said he would have acted no differently if placed in the same position as his fellow MP Dr Andre Rollins.

PM defends integrity against Rollins claims

PRIME Minister Perry Christie defended his integrity yesterday against Fort Charlotte MP Dr Andre Rollins’ recent attacks, but also highlighted the dentist’s resignation from the governing party as a symbol of this country’s “dynamic democracy.”

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Marco City PLP branch says Greg Moss was not their first choice

THE Progressive Liberal Party’s Marco City Branch is “happy” that area representative Greg Moss resigned from the party, adding that he was not the group’s first choice for a candidate.

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PM repeats commitment to failed mortgage relief plan

PRIME Minister Perry Christie said his government is still committed to its once failed mortgage relief programme, revealing yesterday that he received a major communication from a clearing bank that puts his administration at “a major stage” in the initiative.

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PM: ‘encouraging’ news on Baha Mar

PRIME Minister Perry Christie last night said he received “encouraging” news about a possible impending resolution to the Baha Mar deadlock.

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Minnis tells PM to be a man and bring equality referendum

FNM Leader Dr Hubert Minnis yesterday castigated Prime Minister Perry Christie, saying he needed to “be a man” and do his job in passing the four bills in the House of Assembly which are needed to advance the referendum to amend the country’s Constitution.

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Govt seeks to raise minimum wage to $210

THE government will raise the national minimum wage to $210 per week following months of research and negotiations on the topic, Labour and National Insurance Minister Shane Gibson announced in the House of Assembly yesterday.

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ROLLINS QUITS THE PLP

FORT Charlotte MP Dr Andre Rollins quit the Progressive Liberal Party last night, explaining that it was obvious he was no longer wanted in the party after government members made several attempts to block him from contributing to the budget debate in the House of Assembly. Dr Rollins said that while he had had no prior intention yesterday of resigning from the party last night, he “would be a fool” to call himself a PLP after the “way I was treated in here tonight”.

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Plans unveiled to regulate fly fishing

AGRICULTURE and Marine Resources Minister V Alfred Gray revealed the government’s plans to regulate the country’s sport fishing industry with the aim to give local guides exclusivity in the area.

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DNA: Govt must help ensure Baha Mar success

DNA Leader Branville McCartney yesterday urged the government to play a “more active and collaborative role” in ensuring the success of the Baha Mar mega-resort, adding that any further delays could have negative implications for the country’s reputation and workforce.