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Tillman Thomas still pressing on

CAROL MARTINDALE, [email protected]

Tillman Thomas still pressing on

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Grenada’s Prime Minister Tillman Thomas yesterday said he had “been informed” of the resignation of his Tourism, Civil Aviation and Culture Minister Peter David and said while it did not come as a “surprise” his administration would continue to undertake the task it set itself when it came to office in 2008.
In a brief statement, Thomas, 66, said he remains “undeterred” in his resolve to continue his government’s policies, “aimed at continuing to build a foundation for genuine prosperity in the longer term, with a more immediate need for the creation of jobs”.
He said he is of the view that Cabinet ministers upon taking office, “ would have acted diligently to promote the interests of the people of Grenada.
“The government has set the platform for our economic transformation and we are just beginning to see the benefits of our policies. My focus remains on the implementation of the government’s development agenda,” he said.
Thomas, who is facing a vote of no confidence filed by the main opposition New National Party (NNP) when Parliament meets next month, said “our success at the last general election came as a result of the trust the Grenadian people placed in us and our message for development. 
“As Prime Minister I am still committed to that message and the promise we made to discharge our duties in a fair and even handed manner. The business of government continues as we seek to improve the lives of every Grenadian man, woman and child,” he added.
The Prime Minister’s statement said he had expressed appreciation to David “for his service during his period in Cabinet”.
Earlier, David hinted at the possibility of other ministers joining the exodus from the four year-old Grenada government.
“This is a matter of conscience which I felt I must act on, and will leave it up to other cabinet colleagues who have been similarly maligned and unjustly characterized to deal with it on their own way,” he told reporters at a hastily called news conference. (CMC)