Premier Andrew Fahie said he is confident he will not have to fire any legislator in his eight-member government for impropriety (specifically a lack of transparency and accountability) or poor execution of their duties.
He made that statement following his warning to VIP legislators that they will be sacked if they ‘step out of line’.
If Fahie holds true to his promise, he could be in danger of losing command of the majority the VIP enjoys in the House of Assembly. At the very least, the VIP could become a government having a bare majority of seven.
When BVI News asked the Premier whether he would risk losing majority by firing an ‘out-of-line’ member of his government, he said: “I am not risking anything because we are not going to get there. That will not happen. We agree to hold each other accountable.”
In further explaining his warning days ago, Fahie added: “It is just to let the public, the ministers, even myself know that everything is accountable and transparent. It is not a matter of it happening, it is letting everyone know from the initial stage,’let us avoid this because if it happens actions will be taken. But, let us not get to that point’.”
Laying the groundwork
In the meantime, Premier Fahie said he has been kept busy since being elected into his new role as leader of government business.
“We are still getting all the updates and the reports, so when the time comes, I will give a report,” he said.
The new VIP administration took over from the National Democratic Party government following their victory at the February 25 General Elections.
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