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DNA comments on Speech From the Throne - May 26, 2017 - 3:37:24 PM

The Democratic National Alliance (DNA) joins all Bahamians today in congratulating the newly elected and appointed Members of Parliament who have been entrusted with the enormous responsibility of overseeing the affairs of our Commonwealth. We wish God’s speed and guidance as they begin to govern in the interest of all Bahamians.

The DNA has conducted a preliminary review of the speech from the throne as delivered by the Governor General - Her Excellency, Dame Marguerite Pindling. While it is our intention to speak in more detail on all aspects of the speech over the coming days and weeks, we offer a few of our observations on the proposed agenda of the new administration as articulated by the Governor General...
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(Photos / Video) Scenes from Opening of Parliament - May 24, 2017 - 10:25:56 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - Wednesday, May 24th, Bahamian Parliament re-opened. It was fourteen days since the historic landslide election victory of the Free National Movement.

Photos seen here were taken by Azaleta Ishmael-Newry and the video was livestreamed during the event by the Free National Movement.
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Opposition Leader responds to Speech from the Throne - May 24, 2017 - 5:40:28 PM

The Government must now enter the real world of governance and not trash talk from a platform.

Governance requires hard choices. It is easy as a critic to stand and promote ideas which have no foundation in fact but reality has now hit home.

We listened intently and the reality is that the Speech from the Throne is an acknowledgement of the transformative foundation already constructed by the Progressive Liberal Party Government. We are encouraged to hear that the Government has embraced essential job related skills training and specialized programmes for youth unemployment...

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PLP Leader Remarks as Four Senators Appointed - May 23, 2017 - 4:18:35 PM

The following are remarks made by The Leader Of The Opposition
Philip Brave Davis MP, at the Appointment Of The Opposition Senators, at Government House on May 23rd, 2017:

I am honoured yet again to be received with such gracious hospitality at Government House this afternoon.

I am most grateful, Your Excellency, for the courtesies you have extended, not only to me to and my colleagues in both House of Parliament but to the many guests that are gathered here to witness these proceedings...
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DNA Women urge more female participation at the Cabinet level - May 23, 2017 - 2:16:23 PM

On behalf of the Democratic National Alliance (DNA), the women of the DNA and our male counterparts extend congratulations to the Prime Minister, The Hon. Dr. Hubert A. Minnis and the Free National Movement (FNM) on securing a resounding victory in the 2017 General Elections. We look forward to working with the current administration to restore good governance, economic and social prosperity to our nation.

The DNA also extend congratulations to the four (4) female candidates of the FNM, Mrs. Lanisha Rolle, Ms. Shonnel Ferguson, Mrs. Pakeisha Parker-Edgecombe and Rev. Miriam Emmanuel who were successful in their bid to become Members of Parliament during the said elections...
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Four PLP Senators Appointed - May 22, 2017 - 5:12:41 PM

The Progressive Liberal Party is pleased to announce that upon the advice of the Leader of the Opposition, the Hon. Philip Brave Davis, to Her Excellency the Governor General pursuant to Article 39(3) of the Constitution, the following persons will be appointed to the Senate on Tuesday, 23rd May 2017 at 4pm at Government House. They are:

The Hon. Frederick Audley Mitchell
The Hon. Dr. Michael Darville
Mr. Clay Glennford Sweeting
Mrs. Jobeth L. Coleby-Davis.

Both Mitchell and Darville are experienced legislators and government ministers, having served in both chambers of the House...

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DNA urges Minnis administration to implement Good Governance Platform - May 21, 2017 - 4:57:34 PM

The Leaders, Executive Council, Officers, and Members of the Democratic National Alliance (DNA) extend congratulations once again to the Prime Minister, Hon. Dr. Hubert A. Minnis and the Free National Movement (FNM) on winning the 2017 General Elections.  The DNA looks forward to working with the current administration to restore our nation to the economic and social prosperity that we are accustomed to as Bahamians in this great Commonwealth.

In this regard, the DNA welcomes the Minnis administration’s commitment to eradicating corruption, wastage, inefficiency, and partiality in our governance structure and request the said administration to commit to the timeline on the following 10 points, some of which are outlined in both the DNA and FNM’s platform for good governance...
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Hon. Philip Davis Sworn In as Leader of the Opposition - May 19, 2017 - 5:10:22 PM

Former Deputy Prime Minister in the Progressive Liberal Party Government, the Hon. Philip “Brave” Davis is now officially the Leader of Her Majesty’s Opposition party. Mr. Davis was presented his Letters of Appointment during a swearing-in ceremony held at Government House on Friday, May 19, 2017.

After expressing gratitude to his family, friends and the country, Mr. Davis paid homage to the former Prime Minister, the Right Hon. Perry G. Christie for his service and contributions to the country...
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J. Kwasi Thompson sworn in as State Minister of Grand Bahama - May 16, 2017 - 11:09:15 AM

The following is a statement from J. Kwasi Thompson, Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister:

I am thankful to God for his grace and favor on my life. I wish to thank Prime Minister Hubert Minnis for the confidence reposed in me and for providing me with this opportunity to serve my country and the people of Grand Bahama. I accept the appointment with humility recognizing that there is little time to celebrate as there is much work to be done.

It is my firm belief that leadership is about service and I hope to serve the people of Grand Bahama with integrity and excellence...
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Bahamas Elections - ‘Younger Bahamians Can No Longer Be Ignored, Stand Ready to Serve’ - May 15, 2017 - 11:55:43 AM

Younger Bahamians who turned out in droves to vote on election day can no longer be ignored and now stand ready to serve in advisory roles and on boards, contributing innovative ideas and fresh approaches to the challenging issues facing The Bahamas, says one of the country’s youngest successful entrepreneurs.

Timothy Smith, 23, President of the truck rental business EZ Haul and a real estate associate with Better Homes and Gardens MCR Group, said while he refrains from partisan politics, he believes it was millennials who made the difference in the election...

Timothy has been back in the Bahamas after returning home from school now for three years, and revealed that he is a second time voter...
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Commonwealth observers issue Interim Statement on 2017 Bahamas general elections - May 13, 2017 - 11:46:18 PM

The Chair of the Commonwealth Observer Group to the 2017 Bahamas general elections has commended the country for the peaceful and orderly manner in which they exercised their right to vote on 3 May in the advanced polls and on the main Election Day of 10 May.

Issuing the Group’s interim statement in the capital, Nassau, the Hon Hannah Tetteh said the group’s overall conclusion was that the elections were peaceful and credible and the will of the people was decisively expressed with a high voter turnout.

In the Group’s statement, issued today, she praised the conduct of the police force, saying...
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Sidney Collie Thanks Participants of the Election - May 11, 2017 - 1:51:38 PM

Sidney Collie, Free National Movement (FNM) chairman, issued the following statement thanking volunteers, constituents and poll workers:

“It is indeed the peoples’ time. Bahamians have spoken, and together we will turn the page on these past years of corruption and mismanagement, to a better Bahamas where hope and opportunity replace the despair that has gripped our communities for far too long. 

 “The FNM’s historic victory would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of so many Bahamians who sacrificed their time and effort to a cause they believed in. I thank every volunteer for their strong commitment throughout this election, and every poll worker who helped yesterday’s election to run smoothly...
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PM Christie congratulates Dr. Hubert Minnis on FNM victory - May 10, 2017 - 9:50:09 PM

Statement from the Prime Minister of The Bahamas, the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie:

MAY 10th, 2017

I called Dr. 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 smooth transition.

It has been an honoor 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 thank them for their dedication to our shared ideals...
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Minister Darville refutes allegations - May 9, 2017 - 10:00:15 AM

As Election Day approaches, and desperation increases, the members of the oppositions’ tactics of lies, personal attacks and slander, in order to deceive voters into supporting their agenda, also increases. We anticipate that this propaganda will continue and even intensify through Election Day, as the opposition seeks to win by any means necessary.

There were numerous allegations made against me recently, and I wish to publicly refute all of them.

Yesterday morning, I had the opportunity, live on the air with ZNS, to address the outright false rumors regarding my involvement in ballot tampering; and I wish to reiterate that the allegations are, indeed, fallacious...
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Sidney Collie’s Statement on Potential BOB Bailout - May 8, 2017 - 3:51:02 PM

Sidney Collie, Free National Movement (FNM) Chairman, issued the following statement regarding the Bank of the Bahamas financial negligence:

“Our embattled Prime Minister and his PLP cohorts continue to label every criticism that flies their way as political smear tactics. This is an astonishing claim considering the amount of evidence that further taints their record day after day. Rather than facing the music, or even scurrying to come up with excuses—a play they’ve often drawn up over the last few years—they obnoxiously write off their abuse of power as lies. By making these claims, they are only alienating themselves more from their constituencies, as all Bahamians know the PLP is the gang of lies...
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Darville: Urgent Need for Recalling Failing Politicians - May 8, 2017 - 10:44:18 AM

“Basically, all politicians are the same; and now into the 21 century, they will matter less and less. Politicians, whether Government or Opposition have been taking their constituents for a vicious ride for a very long time.”

 I spoke these words way back in 1976, 41 years ago, when I addressed the graduation class of Queen’s College. And really nothing has changed much since then. As a matter of fact, members of Parliament have become literally abusive to the people. They have elevated themselves to the level of demi-gods, and ride on the backs of the populace with impunity. They pay very little heed to their constituencies, except a few weeks prior to re-election and, for some of them, attendance in parliament is a come-when-I-feel-like-it event. In the ordinary work of business, these individuals would be summarily fired...
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Dr. Minnis: PLP’ Slate of Lies - May 8, 2017 - 9:43:32 AM

Dr. Hubert Minnis, Free National Movement (FNM) Leader, issued the following statement:

“Our embattled Prime Minister has made plenty of baffling statements; however, his claim that I and the FNM are running a campaign of lies demonstrates the PLP’s level of disconnect from reality. The people are well aware of Prime Minister Christie and the PLP’s dishonest ways, over these last five years they have turned corruption into an art form while constantly serving up empty rhetoric and a series of broken promises.”

“It was the PLP back in 2012 making grandiose proclamations that they never followed through on once in power. Remember their hollow pledge that education would be drastically improved under a Christie administration? They’d build new high schools, offer our students state-of-the art education, the list goes on and on...
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Sidney Collie’s Statement Regarding Sherlyn Hall being Replaced - May 7, 2017 - 3:19:08 PM

Sidney Collie, Free National Movement (FNM) Chairman, issued the following statement regarding the PLP’s pretend acts of accountability:

“How interesting it is that the embattled Prime Minister would pretend to exhibit accountability by removing Parliamentary Registration Commissioner Sherlyn Hall.  Prime Minister Christie’s actions serve to shine a disturbing spotlight on his continued indifference to holding his cabinet members accountable for their brazen, and blatant abuse of power. After this Government completely fumbled Wednesday’s advanced poll, the embattled Prime Minister claimed an investigation would be opened immediately, saying ‘an explanation, obviously is needed’...
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Sidney Collie’s Statement Regarding the Advance Poll Debacle - May 6, 2017 - 4:51:46 PM

Sidney Collie, Free National Movement (FNM) Chairman, issued the following statement regarding Wednesday’s advanced poll debacle:

“Incompetent until the bitter end!  That is how the people will remember this disastrous PLP Government.  With just days to go the PLP is now turning the advanced poll into a catastrophe. Nothing changes with them.  A government has few responsibilities more important than ensuring a free and fair election. Nevertheless, this Government is finding a way to drop the ball, as they always do.

“The long lines and late ballot boxes are well known, but there are more nefarious and concerning issues less widely known. For example, many constituents living overseas and travelling long distances to vote, claimed that they were turned away—unable to vote—even after presenting adequate documentation...
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Dr. Minnis thanks those who voted on Wednesday - May 5, 2017 - 2:08:44 PM

Dr. Hubert Minnis, Free National Movement (FNM) Leader, issued the following statement thanking all who stood in line and voted at Wednesday’s advance poll:

“As we draw closer to this general election, passions and emotions intensify. However, given this inept government’s lack of organization and irresponsibility in maintaining a fair, organized poll, it is easy for voters to become apathetic.”

“This was not the case on Wednesday however, as thousands voted after standing in the sun for hours, so that they could contribute to the direction of our Country...

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