(CMR) McKeeva Bush will be taking an immediate “leave of absence” from this position as speaker of the legislative assembly following an admitted assault on a bar manager on Friday evening at Coral Beach on West Bay Road. The news comes after Bush met with Premier Alden McLaughlin in London.
In a media statement he shared:
“After careful thought and advice, I will take an immediate leave of absence from the duties of speakership. I will be doing the grief counseling and emotional stress management sessions that I spoke about and that I should have done a long time ago, and of course, I will continue to attend to the needs of my constituents,”
Bush will remain the representative of West Bay West.
Bernie Bush is Deputy Speaker but from the weekend there were talks on the marl road that the Premier might bring long time PPM member and political ally Kurt Tibbetts might be put into the position.
According to sources Bush was said to have had his trip previously arranged for a Commonwealth Parliamentary Association meeting as part CPA executive council. He left yesterday morning with his wife for the United Kingdom and the premier indicate they would be meeting to discuss the incident.
There are some concerns with Bush's use of the term “leave of absence” instead of resignation; with some persons wondering if he will attempt to retake the position in a few month's time. The government has come under extreme criticism for their silence on this matter and a protest is scheduled for Friday on the steps of the legislative assembly.
A petition to ensure he was removed was already being circulated and those organizing it are encouraging people to sing it.