Barbados Opposition files “no confidence” motion in PM

Opposition Leader Mia Mottley

The main opposition the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) has announced plans to file a motion of no confidence in the Freundel Stuart administration. Opposition Leader Mia Mottley told a news conference that over the past 13 weeks, the country has been on auto pilot “lurching from crisis to crisis.”

“We cannot have a government by stealth, a government by rumor and a government by anonymity,” Mottley said, adding that this all adds up to “no government at all.” She told reports at a recent media briefing that there was a “culture of silence” within the government, “which is unacceptable, given the dire state of affairs in the country today.”

She said that the BLP met last week “against the background of 13 weeks of Barbados lurching from crisis to crisis and the continued suffering of Barbadians and we passed and agreed that we would next week file a motion of no confidence in the government of Barbados.”

Mottley said that said the BLP does not believe that “Barbados can continue to coast, or indeed drift for another 22 months on a platform of indifference, incompetence and indeed corruption. And to that extend Barbadians need to be given the facts. This motion of no confidence is not about having the parliamentary majority, because we clearly do not have the parliamentary majority, but it is about bringing the facts to the people of the country because Barbadians deserve the right to be able to determine their future and their destiny,” she added.

In the 2013 general election, the ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP) in the Caribbean won 16 of the 30 seats in the Parliament.

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