By Esther Durand, BVI News Staff
Former Speaker of the House of Assembly Keith Flax, who was previously reported as a potential political candidate, said he is no longer interested in running for office in the 2019 General Election.
Flax told BVI News this week that his reasons stem from the current state of politics in the British Virgin Islands.
He was referring to the series of events that have been happening within the National Democratic Party government and that has led to a number of resignations and sackings.
Flax said before these events, he was considering to contest the upcoming election under Progressives United, an up-and-coming political organisation led by Third District Representative Julian Fraser.
“This isn’t happening over a week or two ago, this has been brewing for quite a while and I saw [it] and I said ‘you know something, I don’t want to be a part of that’. And, this is why I am not running again.”
“I want no part of that confusion,” he continued. “It is a power-grabbing situation. Everybody wants power — that is what this is all about. It is about greed, and that’s what saddens me.”
The former parliamentary Speaker also bemoaned that the territory is headed in what he believes to be the ‘wrong direction’.
“This country could have been much more developed than it is, but for many reasons, greed being the main one, this country has lost its focus. The leaders have lost their focus. It is not going in a direction that we want this country to go and that’s forward … I will not be a part of crookedness,” he insisted.
Fraser focuses on ‘trust’ as campaign strategy
In the meantime, Fraser launched his first campaign video via on social media earlier this week.
The video, which is a little more than three minutes long, was captioned ‘Let’s make a change … and get ‘trust’ back in government’ and has been viewed more than 500 hundred times, so far.
The video highlights Fraser’s involvement in the community over the years.
“If you ready, if you ready for change, then Fraser coming … Fraser roll up your sleeves and show them this time Tola must come back alive for real,” are the words of a song heard in the video’s background.
The video’s background music is a rewrite of Kes the Band’s popular ‘Hello’ single.
Fraser, who recently launched his new party, is still yet to publicly disclose the name of candidates who he will be leading into the next General Election.
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