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Davis expelled from House

The Nassau Guardian April 27, 2020

The Nassau Guardian

Opposition Leader Philip Brave Davis was expelled from the House of Assembly on Monday afternoon after House Speaker Halson Moultrie accused him of disrespecting his authority.

Davis and Moultrie got into a row shortly after House members passed a resolution extending the state of public emergency in The Bahamas to May 30 as authorities seek to contain COVID-19.

The argument was over the length of time Davis was allowed to speak.

In the end, Moultrie ruled that Davis had “disrespected the chair” and ordered the sergeant at arms to remove the Cat Island, Rum Cay and San Salvador MP from the chamber. 

Davis then stood up, put on his face mask, grabbed a printout of a comic strip and moved toward the exit. 

Exumas and Ragged Island MP Chester Cooper accompanied Davis. 

The police officer followed him.

Davis told The Nassau Guardian after, “It is not surprising that the speaker once again demonstrated his inability to hold the role of speaker. I was only attempting to be heard. I was doing it within the rules. He asked me to withdraw from the House without explanation and it was not grounded. It is time for him to be out of the office. On the anniversary of Black Tuesday, I was removed from the House. It is clear that we are still fighting against tyranny.”

The House has been adjourned to May 27.

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