Don't blame my government
NASSAU, Bahamas, July 26, CMC – Prime Minister Perry Christie has distanced his administration from allegations that it moved to prevent former prime minister Hubert Ingraham from addressing the Parliament for the last time as a legislator on Wednesday.
“I don’t know what information or what was said between the Speaker and Mr, Ingraham. I do know that I advised my colleagues that we should not stand in the way of the former prime minister making a speech in Parliament,” Christie told reporters.
But Ingraham, 65, whose Free National Movement (FNM) was defeated in the May 7 general election, blamed the motive as a “PLP (Progressive Liberal Party) decision” and promised not to return to Parliament.
He had originally indicated that his resignation would become effective from August 31 this year.
Earlier, Speaker Dr. Kendel Major acknowledged that he had received a letter of resignation from Ingraham and in a subsequent meeting with the former prime minister “a request was made that he be given the opportunity to make a statement surrounding his required resignation”.
(Details in Politics section)