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Premier & Opposition Leader 'join elbows' to tackle Coronavirus

- Hon Marlon A. Penn says unity pledged in interest of people of the VI
Addressing the Virgin Islands (VI) tonight alongside Opposition Leader, Hon Marlon A. Penn (R8), Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie said now is not the time for division as the two pledge unity to tackle the threat of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) on the territory. Photo: Facebook/GIS
Opposition Leader Hon Marlon A. Penn said the pledge of unity is about the territory in the interest of the people of the Virgin Islands against the Virus. Photo: VINO/File
Opposition Leader Hon Marlon A. Penn said the pledge of unity is about the territory in the interest of the people of the Virgin Islands against the Virus. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Addressing the Virgin Islands (VI) last evening, March 24, 2020, alongside Opposition Leader, Hon Marlon A. Penn (R8), Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) said now is not the time for division as the two pledged unity to tackle the threat of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) on the Territory.

The two Leaders were addressing the Territory on live radio, television and via social media as part of a press conference on the VI's COVID-19 response and preparatory measures. 

According to the Premier, in commending the Leader of the Opposition for being present for the address, "now is not the time for division. As a matter of fact, there is no time ever for division... its a time of unity," Hon Fahie said in noting that the two coming together will only serve to get more done.

Opposition Leader Hon Penn said the pledge of unity is about the interest of the people of the Virgin Islands, "and that is the oath that we took when each of us took office, and I'm here to pledge that unity," he said.

Unity Pledged 

Premier Fahie said on both sides, they may have to fight supporters who might want to tell them otherwise, but they are working in unity together.

"I want to tell the Leader of the Opposition that I cannot shake his hand, only because of COVID-19, but I want to say that I could definitely embrace his heart for what he has done today and doing by showing the unity between the Opposition and the Government," Premier Fahie said. 

He said the unity is showing, "we could put everything else down and keep focused that the people of the Virgin Islands and their wellbeing and their safety is first and foremost."

15 Responses to “Premier & Opposition Leader 'join elbows' to tackle Coronavirus”

  • WOWW (25/03/2020, 07:22) Like (22) Dislike (0) Reply
    Respect to our premier!!! Is definitely not the time for division. Great leadership by the VIP government.
  • yess (25/03/2020, 07:24) Like (22) Dislike (0) Reply
    This government is doing their best to protect this territory in regards to Covid 19 that’s one thing we can all agree on.
  • usvi (25/03/2020, 07:26) Like (17) Dislike (0) Reply
    We applaud the BVI government for their continuous work and measures put in places to stop this deadly disease from reaching their shores . I wish the USVI could actually follow.
  • Hmmm (25/03/2020, 07:27) Like (3) Dislike (15) Reply
    Marlon speech was irrelevant! Thank you Premier and your VIP government for doing the most to protect us.
  • lol (25/03/2020, 07:28) Like (11) Dislike (13) Reply
    Funny man Walwyn somewhere sitting sucking his teeth. VIP government is doing good.
    • ??? (25/03/2020, 08:42) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Who’s “funny man” and where the name came from? It’s like 3-4 years now and the name just stuck on them
  • great (25/03/2020, 07:30) Like (16) Dislike (4) Reply
    Let’s put it as this all the suspected cases their was no positive , test 20,000 people and then we can say there’s no COVID 19 In the BVI. I still commend the government for the work being done.
  • LmPo (25/03/2020, 07:36) Like (1) Dislike (6) Reply
    Marlon was high last night lol.
  • Awesome (25/03/2020, 07:38) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    Definitely time for unity not division. Great job BVI Government one of the few Caribbean islands with no case and right there next to our family islands USVI with so much which is so sad.
  • jack (25/03/2020, 08:39) Like (14) Dislike (6) Reply
    Andrew Fahie is the political boss Marlon can not walk in his shoes
  • The TRUTH (25/03/2020, 09:45) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Honorable Premier showing strong leadership. Kudos.
    • ... (25/03/2020, 11:53) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
      imagine if we hand them fools and less people like Arron, Travor, Sandy, Digio, Mayrun and the likes running our country in a time like this GOD SEE FOR US ALL
  • good hands (25/03/2020, 09:53) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    The territory is definitely in good hands!!
  • :) (25/03/2020, 11:07) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    mr penn can look good as a premier thou :)
  • Oh my goodness (25/03/2020, 12:04) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    I would like to thank the Premier, the Minister of Health, his Cabinet, the Chief Medical Officer for a job well done in protecting the people of this Virgin Islands. You are showing good leadership. When all this is over I hope soon by the grace of The Almighty I would thank you personally. Keep up the good work and may God continue to bless you.


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