NASSAU — Former Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham handed in his resignation letter to House Speaker Dr. Kendal Major at the House of Assembly yesterday, confirming that his resignation from Parliament will become effective on August 31.
Yesterday was the 35th anniversary of Ingraham’s first election to Parliament. He had previously said his resignation would have been effective yesterday.
Ingraham confirmed that he delayed his resignation, in part, to allow Greg Gomez, his preferred choice to run in the North Abaco by-election on the Free National Movement’s ticket, to meet the constitutional residency requirement.
Gomez previously lived outside the country. The constitution requires that candidates in elections be ordinarily resident in The Bahamas for a year prior to nomination.
Gomez will meet the residency requirement at the end of August.
Ingraham also confirmed that he intends to make a farewell speech in the House of Assembly before his resignation becomes effective.
The House next meets July 25.
“It has been a singular privilege and honour to serve in the august House of Assembly of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,” Ingraham said in a packed Minority Room of the House of Assembly.
Ingraham also said: “I remain a full and faithful member, committed to working where and when our party leadership requires for the benefit of our party but most especially for the benefit of our people and country.”
The former prime minister also addressed a number of other issues. He said the approaching referendum on gambling should include the question of casino gambling; He lashed out at Commissioner of Police Ellison Greenslade for making “political” comments relative to Urban Renewal 2.0, and condemned the decision of the government to end the contract of Hospital Administrator Coralie Adderley, although he said she has not yet received a letter.
Ingraham also said he would never accept a knighthood if offered. (Nassau Guardian)