Bruce survives no-confidence motion
The Government has used its parliamentary majority to defeat a motion of no confidence that the Opposition moved against the Prime Minister Bruce Golding this evening.
The Opposition wanted the Prime Minister to be sanctioned for his role in the controversial Mannat, Phelps & Phillips affair.
The Government had maintained that the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) had engaged Mannat through local attorney Harold Brady to lobby the United States in a purported treaty dispute with Jamaica in its extradition request for alleged west Kingston crime lord Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke.
Coke is wanted by the US on drug and gun charges.
Contrary to the administration’s position, Mannat has insisted that it was representing the Government and not the JLP in the treaty matter.
After mounting criticisms about the affair, the Prime Minister confessed that he had sanctioned the initiative for members of JLP to approach Mannat.
Mr Golding also revealed that he had instructed that the matter be kept entirely outside of the Government, but according to the Prime Minister, his instructions were not followed.
This means that the Government was somehow involved.
This evening for more than 4 ½ hours Opposition members led by Portia Simpson Miller berated the Prime Minister’s actions saying he should be held accountable for the foul-up.
But when the no-confidence motion was put to a vote, the Government won 30-28.
Former Government MP Shahine Robinson was not in Parliament to vote as the court earlier booted her because she is also US citizen, which is against the constitution.
Robinson is to go to court on Thursday to seek a stay of the order disqualifying her from sitting in Gordon House.