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AUDIO: Portia dismisses call for Falconer to resign

Published:Monday | March 5, 2012 | 5:27 PM

Damion Mitchell, News Editor

The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller has responded to a call by the Opposition for Senator Sandrea Falconer, her minister with responsibility for information, to resign over reported developments relating to a controversial story published by Bloomberg.

Falconer has reportedly denied that the Prime Minister made statements suggesting that Jamaica would do well with a bail-out similar to that of Greece.

But in an interview with The Gleaner/Power 106 News this afternoon, Simpson Miller dismissed the Opposition’s call.

“She didn't do anything that was wrong. They would have to prove to me what she did wrong,” Simpson Miller said this afternoon.

According to the Opposition, there is now clear evidence that Falconer misled the nation in respect to comments made by Simpson Miller in the Bloomberg interview in Montego Bay last week.

The Opposition spokesman on information, Senator Arthur Williams, says the statement attributed to Simpson Miller, was vehemently denied by Falconer who was also reported as saying a note was being drafted by the Government to send to Bloomberg for allegedly misrepresenting the Prime Minister.

The Prime Minister is reported as saying: “If Jamaica could get a bailout like Greece, lord have mercy, the country grow and flourish.”

Williams says Bloomberg is sticking to its story and pointed to utterances by the Prime Minister’s Press Secretary, Lincoln Robinson, as saying Simpson Miller did in fact make the statement.

However, Robinson said the statement was made off record in preparation for a photo opportunity.

Williams said the JLP, while insisting that Falconer is duty bound to resign, wants her to tell the country the truth as to how she came to make the denial.