The Free National Movement’s Statement on the Issuance of New Proclamation of Emergency Orders

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June 30, 2020

Yesterday, the Attorney General both acknowledged and accepted full Ministerial responsibility, and subsequently apologized to the public for the oversight of his office to extend the emergency proclamation.

The PLP had the opportunity to agree to waive the 24-hour requirement to debate and pass a resolution to protect the health and well-being of our citizens, however they decided not to. They could have very well levied political attacks and criticisms of the Government after passing protective measures, instead they chose to score cheap political brownie points. They have showed that they do not care about the Bahamian people, and will say and do absolutely anything for the sake of public relations.

They had an opportunity to demonstrate bi-partisanship, and affirm their claims of being both caring and compassionate, but clearly showed that this is all a spectacle to play on the fears, stress, and anxiety that this pandemic has already brought about.

The PLP created their own Covid-19 task force that has been woefully ineffective and a mere waste of time. They did this because they agreed that the pandemic was serious. Did their Covid-19 task force advise them not to support the resolution? Does the PLP no longer think Covid-19 is a serious and deadly disease? What do their actions tell you?

The fact of the matter is that yesterday’s occurrences are in no way a reflection of the outstanding job the Minnis administration has done in the fight against COVID19, and managing the resulting economic fallout.

So while we do not intend to ignore what transpired yesterday, we cannot sit idly by, and allow this duplicitous and hypocritical posturing by this flip-flopping, confused, and ambivalent opposition to continue unabated. Politics is politics; however we don’t expect that politics should be played with the lives of our citizens.

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