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Burt to Dunkley: ‘Call an election’

David Burt, Opposition leader (File photograph)

David Burt has called on Michael Dunkley to call an election, declaring: “One way or another, the people will be heard.”

On the eve of his planned motion of no confidence in the Government, the Opposition leader said he wants the people to go to the polls instead.

This week, the Premier has declined to comment when asked whether he is preparing to call an election. If he does drop the writ before tomorrow’s proposed motion, the House of Assembly will be suspended and the debate will not take place.

If the motion does go ahead, the One Bermuda Alliance’s fate rests on the independent MPs Shawn Crockwell, who has said he will vote against the ruling party, and Mark Pettingill, who has refused to say which way he will vote.

If both independents vote with the Progressive Labour Party, the motion of no confidence will succeed, meaning the Governor can revoke the Premier’s appointment or dissolve Parliament on the advice of the Premier, prompting a General Election.

Mr Burt stated this afternoon: “For far too long our country has suffered under this OBA Government which has divided us and ignored the needs of too many.

“The people deserve the opportunity to chart a new direction. We take this opportunity to once again call on the Premier to give the people their chance and call an election.

“If he chooses not to do the right thing, we will answer the call of so many Bermudians and cast a vote of no confidence tomorrow.

“One way or another the people will be heard and they will have the opportunity to decide their own future and cast their vote.

“For our part, the PLP will continue to focus on bringing new, energetic and strong leadership that seeks to serve all Bermudians, not just the chosen few.”