Haiti: Martelly Visita ao Bahamas Spurs pede demissão PM
- Monday, February 13, 2012 5:48 PM
NASSAU, Bahamas (defend.ht) - A visita do presidente Michel Martelly para as Bahamas trouxe a ira de um dos partidos políticos do país que criticou declarações feitas por Martelly nas Bahamas e depois pediram a demissão do primeiro-ministro das Bahamas Hubert Ingraham.
In The Bahamas, President Martelly met with Bahamian PM Ingraham and another party leader, Perry Christie of the Progressive Liberal Party. Afterwards, President Martelly met with the Bahamian-Haitian community where the statements in question were made.
The party offended by President Martelly's visit, the Democratic National Alliance, published a press note in The Bahamas Weekly:
The Democratic National Alliance (DNA) is gravely concerned that the present administration would allow a presidential visit from a foreign country during a heightened political season.
While the DNA believes that Haiti president, Michel Martelly should be welcomed to The Bahamas and it offers an opportunity to strengthen international relations, this was too sensitive of a time to do so.
As to President Martelly’s comments, the DNA find them to be inappropriate, not only because of the political season, but it also seemed to be a shameful political ploy by the Free National Movement to manipulate the process.
DNA leader, Branville McCartney said this unfortunate political tactic is a direct attack on Bahamian democracy, the victims being all Bahamians—those of foreign decent or otherwise, who uphold the ideals of the nation and their right to vote for whichever political party they see fit.
“As the DNA recognizes, moreso now after this disturbing visit, that the country’s leadership is in dire need of reform; we also recognize that Haiti’s president should respect the sovereignty of our democracy,” Mr. McCartney said.
The DNA found President Martelly’s careless use of the word “riot” as inflammatory and to insinuate that Bahamians of Haitian decent are being abused is misleading.
Mr. McCartney noted that The Bahamas has always been accommodating to our Haitian neighbours, so when he speaks of forming a pact, he should have been mindful that all voters are Bahamian. In other words, if one is eligible to vote, their vote should reflect Bahamian interests and not that of another country.
“Haiti’s president has a mammoth task of redeveloping his country and that does not begin in The Bahamas,” he said.
After this note, McCartney called for the immediate resignation of the current Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham, saying “We call for the immediate resignation of Prime Minister on the grounds that he shamefully dishonored our nation, its authority and its ideals… he must take a bow after having damaged his citizenship by placing the interests of another country above those of his own country.”
Hubert Ingraham (1947) is the current Prime Minister of the Bahamas. He held that position from 1992 to 2002 and again in May 2007. It represents the Free National Movement Party (Free National Movement Party), center-right, who won the May 2007 elections. He is also Member of Parliament for North Abaco, Bahamas.
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