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Minnis responds to leadership rift reports

  • Dr. Hubert Minnis. FILE

Guardian Staff Reporter

Published: May 07, 2013

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Free National Movement (FNM) Leader Dr. Hubert Minnis yesterday downplayed a rift that reportedly grew between he and FNM Chairman Darron Cash late last year, noting that any team is subject to disagreements.

It was the first public comments about the issue made by Minnis since The Nassau Guardian reported a series of emails written by Cash that claimed he and Minnis were at odds on how to lead and manage the party.

As a result, Cash, who was acting chairman at the time, said he would not seek the substantive chairmanship post.

Minnis, who spoke in the House of Assembly, was responding to Englerston MP Glenys Hanna-Martin who read a Guardian article published on October 30, 2012.

Hanna Martin said, “This is what he (Cash) says about his leader.

“And I don’t believe this because I know you (Minnis), but this is what this guy said about you.”

Minnis said, “The member would know very well that even husbands and wives sometimes have differences in opinion and resolve it.

“But Mr. Speaker, it’s ok for that party to have voted against women’s equality in the House and as soon as they walked outside change their minds.”

Minnis came under heavy fire after he declared that the Ingraham era was over the night the party lost the North Abaco by-election.

Following those statements and a party meeting, Cash issued an email stating that he and Minnis did not see eye-to-eye on how to lead and manage the party.

“He favors a more exclusive approach,” he said.

“I prefer a more inclusive one. I prefer dialogue and consensus building that starts with the party officers.

“Last evening’s meeting made it abundantly clear that those differences cannot be reconciled at this time.”

Hanna Martin said, “In that marriage, he (Cash) said you all had irreconcilable differences.”

When asked to comment on the leaked emails at the time, Cash said he did not comment on internal party matters.

In a statement, he later blasted “power hungry” FNMs, saying they would harm the party for their own selfish means.

Minnis also refused to comment at the time.

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