Ruling party voted out in The Bahamas

The political winds of change have blown ferociously in The Bahamas.

Prime Minister Perry Christie’s Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) was tonight forced to concede defeat, after suffering a crushing general election loss and failing to secure a second consecutive term in office.

With exit polls projecting a major win for the opposition Free National Movement of Dr Hubert Minnis and the official count still in progress, the PLP, which lost all five seats on Grand Bahama, wasted no time in accepting the will of the electorate.

Dr Hubert Minnis

Party Chairman Bradley Roberts delivered his concession speech around 8 p.m. Bahamas time (9 p.m. Barbados time) from the PLP’s headquarters, telling state-run ZNS Television the party would now have to regroup and carry out a thorough assessment of what went wrong.

About an hour later, Christie issued the following statement to the media:

“I called Dr Hubert Minnis earlier this evening to congratulate him on his party’s victory. I understand as perhaps few others the challenges that await Dr Minnis and I wish him only success on behalf of our nation. He has my full support for a full transition.

“It has been an honour and a privilege to serve as the prime minister of this great nation. I want to express my deepest gratitude to the Bahamian people for that opportunity. To those who served alongside me, I thanked them for their dedication to our shared ideals. May God bless us all and may God bless the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.”

The mood tonight in the PLP camp was the complete opposite to that in the FNM camp, where thousands of jubilant supporters, decked out in the party’s colour of red, gathered in the capital where Minnis was expected to address a victory rally.

The PLP and the FNM have dominated political life in the Bahamas since it won independence from Britain in 1973.

10 Responses to Ruling party voted out in The Bahamas

  1. Cynthia Bee
    Cynthia Bee May 10, 2017 at 10:37 pm

    Congratulations ,, Celebrate as you prepare to get down to carrying out the people’s business ,as elected to do ,,,

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  2. Oneil Shalom Mitzvah Hall
    Oneil Shalom Mitzvah Hall May 10, 2017 at 11:24 pm

    DLP please prepare for your upcoming crushing defeat!

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    • Randolph May 11, 2017 at 9:55 am

      There is a strange wind blowing in Barbados.This PM and his gang will suffer a massive defeat come next election.

      Reply
  3. Harry May 11, 2017 at 6:51 am

    we can only hope for a similar result for Barbados.

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    • Carson C. Cadogan May 11, 2017 at 6:04 pm

      You wont get that similar result in Barbados. The people of Barbados appreciate what the Govt. is doing for them here.

      Also you all seem to have very short memories. In the run up to the elections in Barbados in 2013 around 2011, 2012, many Govts. in the Caribbean were voted out of office. In Jamaica, Bermuda, St. Lucia, Grenada, and so on. The only political party to buck the trend was the Democratic Labour Party here in Barbados in 2013.

      Now what we are seeing of late is these same Political parties in the Caribbean themselves being voted out of office. They too, just like the Barbados Labour Party, spoke of DOOM AND GLOOM, got elected and proved to be piss poor. Hence the changing of the guard once again.

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  4. Beverly Headley May 11, 2017 at 7:45 am

    This is wonderful!!. I pray that the Barbadian people would do the same. We cannot afford to keep self serving people in power, everything that is done should be about the country and its people!

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  5. BaJan boy May 11, 2017 at 8:33 am

    The season of RED…

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  6. lswiltshire May 11, 2017 at 8:38 am

    dr minnis completed the last two years of his training at qeh in the early 80’s where the nurses used to call him mennace.
    bravo mennace

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  7. jrsmith May 11, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    @, Harry, hail, hail, well said on the button , bajans must beware that this present government could still in office , after the next general election … ………..
    What would then happen , thats why something have got to be done to make it easy for the black voters in barbados , to be able to remove politicians from office ,so long they are failures ……..it ……………….feels scary……………………..

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  8. Carson C. Cadogan May 11, 2017 at 6:05 pm

    You wont get that similar result in Barbados. The people of Barbados appreciate what the Govt. is doing for them here.

    Also you all seem to have very short memories. In the run up to the elections in Barbados in 2013 around 2011, 2012, many Govts. in the Caribbean were voted out of office. In Jamaica, Bermuda, St. Lucia, Grenada, and so on. The only political party to buck the trend was the Democratic Labour Party here in Barbados in 2013.

    Now what we are seeing of late is these same Political parties in the Caribbean themselves being voted out of office. They too, just like the Barbados Labour Party, spoke of DOOM AND GLOOM, got elected and proved to be piss poor. Hence the changing of the guard once again.

    Reply

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