New Bahamas prime minister sworn in
By Jayme C. Pinder
Nassau Guardian Staff Reporter
NASSAU, Bahamas — One day after the opposition Free National Movement (FNM) sealed an historic victory in spectacular fashion, Dr Hubert Minnis started a new chapter in his life, as did the nation, when he was sworn in as the fourth prime minister of an independent Bahamas, pledging to serve with integrity and govern for all Bahamians.
“Today represents a new day for the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,” the new prime minister said. “It is a new day steeped in ancient traditions. Today also represents a renewal and reaffirmation of our democratic heritage. We will honour this mandate for change.”
The swearing in was met with cheers from supporters who squeezed their way through overcrowded walkways to witness history; some of them looking through the windows to see Minnis take his oath, officially bringing to an end the era of outgoing prime minister Perry Christie, who did not even hold on to his seat on a day that proved brutal for the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP).
The PLP has been left decimated by the defeat, one senior party member observed on Thursday.
As PLP members started their conversations about how to move on, all over The Bahamas, those who supported the FNM celebrated and expressed satisfaction in the outcome of Wednesday’s poll.
“I again thank the Bahamian people for reposing their trust in my party,” said Minnis, who leads the FNM, which won 35 of the 39 seats in the House of Assembly — a margin of victory that stunned even some senior FNMs.
“I will honour this trust with an unwavering commitment to good governance, the rule of law, transparency and accountability,” he said.
Republished with permission of the Nassau Guardian