(CMR) A motion for a vote of lack of confidence in the Pact Government failed on Tuesday, 14 November after it did not get two-thirds of the votes required under Section 51 of the constitution. There were eight ayes, seven no's and three abstentions.
Leader of the Opposition Roy McTaggart moved the motion early Tuesday and after a day of passionate debate, the Members of Parliaments voted.
McTaggart in calling for a change of leadership in the Cayman Islands Government, laid out two options to Government members on Tuesday, urging them to vote in line with a motion for the lack of confidence in the PACT Government.
He pointed out that the Premier could step down and a new Premier and Deputy selected, or those in government who can work with the opposition could join the Progressives and form a new government.
Expressing that “it is time for change, the house needs to vote for that change,” McTaggart said the country cannot go on as is.
He noted that in order to remain in leadership, the Premier could ask the Speaker to resign and bring in an outside speaker, but even if that happened, the majority would remain on a ” knife edge”. He however expressed that he hoped that would not be the actions of the Speaker.
Adding that a government with Premier Panton at the helm is not up to the job, McTaggart warned that those who vote against the motion will have to answer to the voters.