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New FNM senator vows to hold govt accountable

  • Senator Carl Bethel speaks after receiving his instruments of appointment at Government House on Tuesday October 8, 2013. TORRELL GLINTON

Guardian Staff Reporter

Published: Oct 09, 2013

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The newest Free National Movement (FNM) Senator Carl Bethel yesterday vowed to hold the government accountable as leader of the official opposition’s Senate team.

"We intend to vigorously do our best to see that the government lives up to every one of its election promises,” Bethel told reporters after receiving his instruments of appointment at Government House.

“And in the event that they fail to do so, we will be quick to point out where they have fallen down and what they could do to address the situation."

Bethel said the government has failed to live up to many of the promises made ahead of the general election.

However, he noted that the country has yet to recover from the global financial downturn.

Bethel said both sides need to come together to address problems that the country faces, including a "struggling economy, a burgeoning national debt, and the horrendous crime wave".

"Much needs to be done," he said, adding that he intends to work assiduously in a spirit of bi-partisanship.

Bethel replaces former leader of opposition business in the Senate Desmond Bannister, whose resignation took effect on September 30.

Bannister was the second FNM senator to resign since the FNM became the official opposition last year.

Former Minister of State for Finance Zhivargo Laing resigned in late 2012.

Bethel joins FNM senators Kwasi Thompson, Heather Hunt and John Bostwick II.

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