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‘Sometimes all parliament members against me’

Leader of Opposition Andrew Fahie

Ahead of today’s sitting of the House of Assembly, Opposition Leader Andrew Fahie has lamented that it is not easy to ask questions in parliament because he is virtually alone.

He said though the House is divided into two factions – Government and the Opposition – ­both parties occasionally side against him.

“When they [parliamentarians] get up in the House it’s 11 against one, sometimes 12 so I got to sit down and take all of that,” said Fahie, who was speaking at a community meeting Carrot Bay on Sunday.

The House of Assembly comprises a total of 13 members and currently, there are 11 government representatives.

Fahie and Julian Fraser are the only two members of the parliamentary Opposition.

Fahie and Fraser’s relationship went sour last year after Fraser was voted out as Chairman of the Virgin Islands Party. He was replaced by Fahie who later took the position of Opposition Leader from Fraser as well.

The evidence of their soured relationship became more clear to the public after Fahie moved a motion in the House this year.

The motion moved was intended to have Premier Dr D Orlando Smith booted as finance minister over what Fahie said is poor performance.

The motion failed because it was not supported by any other member of the House – including Opposition member Fraser, who noticeably was absent only at the time the motion was moved.

Since then, there has been speculation that this is Fraser’s last stint as a member of the Virgin Islands Party.

Fraser, who is Representative of the Third Electoral District, has not been guaranteed to be the party’s flag-bearer to contest that seat in the next general elections.

Fahie noted this week that his ‘conscience is clear’ because he has made multiple attempts, as party leader, to rectify the situation.

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