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Fitzgerald hits out at PLP backbenchers

EDUCATION Minister Jerome Fitzgerald fired back at his own party’s backbench MPs yesterday saying he wants nothing to do with their “new generation” way of thinking as expressed during the House of Assembly debate on the four Constitution Amendment Bills.

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PM announces Fort Charlotte MP's decision to step down

PRIME Minister Perry Christie yesterday announced the resignation of Fort Charlotte MP Dr Andre Rollins as party whip.

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Fort Charlotte MP stands in opposition to his party

MOMENTS after Prime Minister Perry Christie stressed the need for unity on the proposed constitutional amendment bills, Fort Charlotte MP Dr Andre Rollins stood in opposition in the House of Assembly for bills two and four being moved for third reading and into the committee stage.

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No plan for fiscal responsibility legislation ahead of VAT

DESPITE threats that private sector representatives might withdraw their support for value added tax (VAT) if a Fiscal Responsibility Act is not implemented, State Minister for Finance Michael Halkitis said yesterday that the government has no plan to introduce such legislation as part of its fiscal reform initiatives and VAT rollout plans.

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Rollins resigns as Party Whip

Prime Minister Perry Christie has announced that Fort Charlotte MP Andre Rollins has resigned as Party Whip.

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Gaming consultation almost done - but VAT legislation to come first

THE GOVERNMENT has reached a substantial agreement with stakeholders over the revised Gaming bill, State Minister for Legal Affairs Damian Gomez said yesterday.

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Gomez denies interference involved in resignation of director of prosecutions

DAMIAN Gomez, State Minister for Legal Affairs, yesterday denied that the sudden resignation of the government’s top prosecutor was the result of political interference.

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Gomez hits out at backbenchers over referendum

DAMIAN Gomez, State Minister of Legal Affairs, yesterday criticised backbenchers within his own party for spreading misinformation in a politically motivated attack on the constitutional amendment bills.

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PLP ‘IS UNITED’ ON REFERENDUM

DESPITE the impassioned contributions by two PLP MPs expressing disagreement with the proposed constitutional amendment bills in Parliament this week, Foreign Affairs and Immigration Minister Fred Mitchell said he is not concerned about any “dissension” within the ranks and dismissed the behaviour as “public posturing”.

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FNM officials are ‘not surprised’ after the departure of Director of Public Prosecutions

THE sudden departure of Vinette Graham-Allen as Director of Public Prosecutions does not surprise FNM officials, some of whom yesterday said political interference may have caused her resignation.

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Smith: Government MPs should fall in line and back bills

FORMER PLP Cabinet Minister George Smith said all government MPs should “fall in line” and support the Christie administration as it attempts to pass the four gender equality bills to amend the Constitution.

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Mitchell: Resistance exposes nation’s homophobia

FOREIGN Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell says the fierce opposition that the government has received over the proposed fourth amendment bill which seeks to insert the word “sex” into Article 26 of the Constitution exposes the rampant “homophobia” in the country.

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FNM deputy to vote yes

  FNM Deputy Leader Loretta Butler-Turner said yesterday she still “fully supports” the four bills that seek to enshrine gender equality in the Constitution, despite her party leader Dr Hubert Minnis declaring the party will not support the changes.

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Minnis 'faced pressure' to oppose referendum

FREE National Movement insiders claimed yesterday that party leader Dr Hubert Minnis faced pressure to oppose the constitutional referendum bills by FNM council members who found his initial position too supportive of the Christie administration’s proposals.

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Tourism minister 'concerned' about latest spate of murders

TOURISM Minister Obie Wilchcombe is “concerned” about the latest streak of murders in Nassau and the negative impact the reports could have on the Bahamas’ tourism industry.