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Minnis meets with House speaker

by: Krystal Rolle, NG Staff Reporter

Just over a week after Opposition Leader Dr. Hubert Minnis defied House Speaker Dr. Kendal Major’s order to withdraw certain controversial comments, the two met yesterday to discuss the incident, which led to the early suspension of the House of Assembly.
However, Minnis refused to reveal the details of that conference. 
“We had a meeting,”?Minnis said. “That’s all I?will say for now.”
As for whether he will obey the speaker’s order when the House of Assembly resumes on August 7, he said, “You will have to watch and wait.”
He confirmed that he will be at the House when it resumes.
In mid-July, Major told Minnis he would not be allowed to speak in the House until he withdraws claims he made about Prime Minister Perry Christie’s relationship with billionaire Peter Nygard.
Nygard is a permanent resident of The Bahamas and lives at Lyford Cay.
Minnis stood on the floor of the House last Monday and demanded an opportunity to speak.
Leader of Government Business in the House of Assembly Dr. Bernard Nottage eventually moved for the House to suspend to August 7, explaining that he did so to avoid the confusion.
Nottage later accused Minnis of being “disrespectful” to Major and called on him to apologize.
Asked whether he is prepared to apologize to Major for his behavior in the House, Minnis said he will not reveal his plans.
Last week, Major said he is fully prepared to accommodate Minnis if he is prepared to substantiate or withdraw allegations he made.
Asked if he intended to withdraw his statements, Minnis said he is not concerned about that.
“Dr. Minnis and the Free National Movement (FNM) are concerned about building an opportunity based society,” he said.
“When it comes to opportunities in The Bahamas, if you believe in something then you must be prepared to die for it. I believe in The Bahamas.”
Asked if that statement can be interpreted to mean that he intends to stand his ground on the Christie and Nygard issue, Minnis said, “We’ll see.”
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