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PM: I will pass baton when time is right

  • In honor of the 50th anniversary of majority rule, the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) held a march throughout the streets of New Providence yesterday. From left are Senator Rodney Moncur; PLP Chairman Bradley Roberts; Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration Fred Mitchell, and PLP trustee Valentine Grimes. Photo: Ahvia J. Campbell

Guardian Staff Reporter

Published: Jan 11, 2017

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Amid calls for his resignation from numerous politicians and community figures, Prime Minister Perry Christie said yesterday that he would “pass the baton” when the time is right.

While speaking at the Southern Recreation Grounds after the 50th Majority Rule Day march, the prime minister thanked the country’s forefathers for allowing him and others to “stand on their shoulders”.

Though he did not give details, Christie responded to the frequent calls for his resignation.

“As one generation goes out, a new generation comes in,” Christie said.

“(Former Prime Minister) Hubert Ingraham, I thank you for all you’ve been able to do for the cause of this country.

“To those of you who aspire, we recognize that just as Sir Lynden Pindling passed the baton to Hubert Ingraham and then it was eventually passed to myself, the baton will be passed.

“The only thing I can tell you is, at the right time.”

Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) candidate for Fort Charlotte Alfred Sears intends to run for the leadership position at the party’s convention at the end of this month.

Sears is the only person to announce that he will challenge Christie for the leadership.

Christie has been leader of the PLP since 1997 and has vowed to lead the party into the next general election.


Butler-Turner on the ‘wrong side’

Christie also spoke of the Leader of the Official Opposition Loretta Butler-Turner during his speech.

He said in a recent conversation with Butler-Turner, he told her that she is on the “wrong side” of the political fence.

“I said to Loretta Butler, ‘child, you are on the wrong side’,” he said.

“I said I just looked at the statistics and I see your daddy, your grandaddy from 1938 was running, your uncle or granduncle Joe was running, your daddy, your other uncle Milo Butler Jr. was running.

“They’re the Butlers.

“Milo and his sons all made this enduring commitment of courage and so families like that, today I salute them all.”

As he concluded, Christie saluted the country for its advancement over the last 50 years.

“May this country endure peacefully, progressively and very successfully when it comes to the ease of living of our people.”


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