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Meade survives no-confidence vote

CAROL MARTINDALE, [email protected]

Meade survives no-confidence vote

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BRADES, Montserrat –Premier Reuben Meade has survived a vote of no confidence after one opposition member joined the government and voted against the measure by a seven to two margin on Tuesday night.
Opposition Leader Donaldson Romeo had filed the motion of no confidence after accusing Premier Meade of engaging in several recent decisions that have negative implications for the political and economic future of the British Overseas Territory.
The motion was defeated with all members of the government, including the two parliamentary secretaries David Osborne and Jermaine Wade, and Opposition member Victor James voting against the measure.
Romeo told legislators on Tuesday that Premier Meade “is playing a gamble game with the rights of the people of Montserrat and deserves a vote of no confidence.
“This vote will put on the record for the world and the United Nations that the recommendation made by the Premier (to remove Montserrat from the UN Decolonisation’s list) is null and void. It is misleading and does not have the support of the people of Montserrat”.
Romeo had contended that Premier Meade’s May 30th statement to the United Nations Committee on Decolonisation had been made without prior consultation with the elected members of the Legislative Assembly and the United Kingdom. (CMC)