Government backbencher files No Confidence Motion

By: Rawle Titus

Disgruntled government back bencher, Karl Hood, on Friday filed a Motion of No Confidence in the four-year old administration of Prime Minister Tillman Thomas, parliamentary sources have said.

Hood wants the motion in his name to be placed on the order paper when the House of Representative resumes in September following the summer recess.
Hood, who resigned as Foreign Affairs Minister two months ago, has reportedly been lobbying other MPs to secure their support.
He is among several cabinet ministers who have either resigned or being fired amidst a widening rift in Thomas’s governing National Democratic Congress (NDC).
It is not yet known if the motion will be approved by house speaker George McGuire for the next sitting of the Lower House of Parliament.
Sources close to some Government and opposition MPs say if the motion is tabled it is expected to receive support from at least nine MPs, a majority of the 15 seat parliament.
Opposition Leader Dr.Keith Mitchell, whose New National Party (NNP) currently controls four of the 15 seats in the House, confidently predicted a general election will be called before year-end.
The next election is constitutionally due next July but the tabling of the No Confidence Motion, some say has increased the prospects of general elections in Grenada sooner.
The ‘No Confidence Motion’ filed Friday is the second against the Thomas administration in three months. In May, Thomas survived a similar motion, which was defeated 8 votes to 5.
Since then, he has been grappling with a declining economy, a ruling party in chaos and mounting pressure to step down.©

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