Opposition politicians are threatening to boycott proceedings of the Legislative Assembly following revelations that Premier McKeeva Bush is involved in three police investigations.
Leader of the People’s Progressive Movement Alden McLaughlin, at a press briefing Monday afternoon, 23 April, called on Mr. Bush’s fellow elected representatives within the United Democratic Party to remove Mr. Bush as premier and replace him with Deputy Premier Juliana O’Connor-Connolly or another UDP member.
If Mr. Bush had not stepped down by Thursday, 26 April, then the PPM would file a motion of no confidence in the government the following day. If Speaker of the House Mary Lawrence failed to accept this motion and if it was not on the Legislative Assembly’s agenda as the first order of business when the House resumes on 9 May, then the PPM members would refuse to participate in proceedings of the House, Mr. McLaughlin said.
“The premier cannot be allowed to continue in office in the present circumstances,” Mr. McLaughlin said.
Whether the boycott would take the form of PPM elected members refusing to attend meetings or by declining to speak or vote during Legislative Assembly meetings had not yet been decided, if the premier remained in power past the deadline set by the opposition and if the motion of no confidence was not accepted, Mr. McLaughlin added.
North Side MLA Ezzard Miller, with whom the PPM held the joint press conference, said he intended to boycott the opening session of the Legislative Assembly on 9 May “to show my disgust with the premier being allowed to remain in office while the three investigations proceed”.
“I will be standing outside the LA under the tree and I invite the PPM and the public to join me in this protest,” Mr. Miller said.
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