Bahamas PM Stays at Helm of Ruling Party after First Leadership Vote in 7 Years

Perry Christie remains leader of the PLP, despite a challenge.


NASSAU, The Bahamas, Friday January 27, 2017 – Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) delegates declared Perry Christie the “right man for the job”, handing him a resounding vote to remain at the helm of the ruling party in the Bahamas.

In the party’s first leadership election in seven years, Christie last night crushed challenger Alfred Sears, securing 1,264 votes to his opponent’s mere 169.

Pundits suggest the Prime Minister’s retention of the PLP’s leadership was a foregone conclusion, noting that he was still regarded as a favourable leader by Bahamians.

It was a difficult night for Sears who had earlier challenged the integrity of the election process. In his concession speech, he said the process was “far from perfect” but he would deal with those concerns internally.

He however insisted that he would remain on board with the PLP.

On Wednesday, Sears had filed a formal complaint to party trustees, charging that more than 300 councilors were installed just last Thursday and this would affect his chances at the election.

But PLP chairman Bradley Roberts rubbished the claims, telling The Nassau Guardian newspaper: “The results, I believe, will affirm to Mr Sears in the clearest of terms that the Progressive Liberal Party’s voting delegates prefer Mr. Christie to continue as their leader.”

He also insisted that the party had not changed the rules governing internal elections.

In the other vote of the night, Deputy Prime Minister Philip Brave Davis was elected unopposed as deputy leader of the PLP.

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