Thursday, July 01, 2004

Bdos: Arthur survives no-confidence vote

WHAT started out as the seventh no-confidence motion in Barbados’ political history, escalated into charges of election bribery by early yesterday afternoon, as the no-confidence motion, brought against Government went on to tamely conclude along strictly partisan lines yesterday evening, defeated with a 21-7 vote.

The expected upheaval on the Opposition side never materialised, as the seven sitting members voted “aye” in support of Opposition Leader Clyde Mascoll’s Resolution of “no confidence in the Government of the Right Honourable Prime Minister and that the Government of the Right Honourable Prime Minister and Member of Parliament for St. Peter resign office immediately”.

Debate throughout yesterday was heated from both sides, as a rarely seen packed public gallery, with signs of party colours evident, added to the charged atmosphere in the Chamber.

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