Cayman Islands Opposition Leader Alden McLaughlin said Thursday evening that he would try to force Premier McKeeva Bush to step down from his position by convening a special meeting of the Legislative Assembly.
In a broadcast statement made Thursday, Mr. McLaughlin urged members of the elected government not to remain quiet in hopes that “this blows over”.
“Arguments about ‘innocent until proven guilty’ are not relevant,” Mr. McLaughlin said. “We are not prejudging the guilt or innocence of Mr. Bush. That is a matter for a court of law – should he eventually be charged and prosecuted.
Mr. McLaughlin said reputational damage done to the local government, world perceptions of what was occurring here and a “virtual certainty” that Mr. Bush will be distracted by the criminal investigations were of more importance.
“In the interests of the Cayman Islands, I call on the members of the Cabinet: Hon Julianna O’Connor-Connolly; Hon Rolston Anglin, Hon. Mike Adam, Hon. Mark Scotland and the government back-bench, Hon. Cline Glidden, Capt. Eugene Ebanks, Mr. Dwayne Seymour and Mr. Ellio Solomon to take the necessary steps to remove Mr. McKeeva Bush as Premier and a minister of the Cabinet and appoint another of their number as Premier in his stead,’ Mr. McLaughlin said.
“If they do not do so by 3pm [Friday], I intend to immediately petition the Speaker of the House to call a special meeting of the Legislative Assembly early next week to consider the recent arrest of the Premier and his suitability to continue as Premier as a matter of urgent national importance.
“Should the Speaker decline to exercise her discretion to call a Special Meeting, I shall endeavour to obtain the signatures of at least 7 members of the House to compel the Speaker to do so. We will then proceed to file a Lack of Confidence motion to be debated in the Legislative Assembly which will give every member the opportunity to declare publicly where they stand on this critically important issue.”
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