(Caribbean News Now): ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- One of Grenada’s best-known writers and commentators has accused the country’s finance minister, Nazim Burke, of engaging in a fight for power and badmouthing political friends.

“You’ve done a very good job at that and you needed no help,” journalist Hamlet Mark said on Wednesday in comments directed at Burke, who is also deputy leader of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC).

Burke and Mark were on the same campaign team that brought victory to the NDC in general elections in July 2008.

Since then, however, many members and supporters – including sitting NDC MPs – have distanced themselves from the party, unhappy with the approach in dealing with the country’s economic and political problems.

Mark’s comments on Wednesday followed critical remarks from Burke in response to a news release published by Caribupdate news service. Mark is a Caribupdate director.

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