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Apr 12, 2019

Said Musa Abstains Vote; Praised by the U.D.P. for YES Position

Said Musa

The House debate today provided a rare moment. Former Prime Minister Said Musa, who has been described as a ‘malignant tumor’ by the current government time and again in the House, today was praised for exhibiting ‘many of the qualities of a statesman.’ U.D.P. representatives lauded the former prime minister for his stance in supporting a Yes to the I.C.J. vote.  Musa, who has served as Minister of Foreign Affairs and has intimate knowledge of the centuries old dispute, has long since said that he is a proponent for a resolution at the I.C.J.  But does he support Barrow’s Bill or does Musa share his party’s position in rejecting the bill? During his presentation, Musa provided at outline of events since the signing of the Special Agreement and culminated by announcing that he would abstain from voting on the bill, while making it clear that he is ‘disgusted’ with how this national issue has been transformed into a political issue.


Said Musa, Area Representative, Fort George

“But on this bill I am signaling now, that I will not defy my party line so I will abstain on this bill. But when that time comes and is coming soon to vote on whether to go to the I.C.J. my position is publicly known by now. I will vote yes.  I will vote yes to the I.C.J. because I must remain true to myself and my conviction. I will vote yes because as Prime Minister I supported the Foreign Ministry pursuing the path of a judicial settlement in 2007 before the change of government in 2008. I will vote yes and I may not be happy or please with the botched bundled way of which the Government has conducted the process. I am personally disgusted with this issue of political importance has become a political football. It should never be. We should be united on this issue on both sides of this parliament.”


Wilfred Elrington

Wilfred Elrington, Area Representative, Pickstock

“I always held the view that he has a great many of the qualities of a statesman and I think that was demonstrated here to clearly this afternoon. It is not the first time that he has displayed this kind of statesmanship Madam Speaker. On the occasion of the signing of the agreement by the foreign ministers I also thought that it was one of our glorious moments as well.”

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