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Nassau, Bahamas - The Rt.
Hon. Perry Gladstone Christie is sworn-in as Prime Minister of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas by Governor General Sir Arthur Foulkes at
Government House, Tuesday, May 8, 2012
during an Appointment Ceremony just one day after the May 7 general
During the general
election, Prime Minister Christie’s Progressive Liberal Party won over
the Free National Movement and he retained his seat as the Member of
Parliament for Centreville, formerly the Farm Road Constituency.
He also served as the third Prime Minister of The Bahamas and Minister of Finance from May 2, 2002 to May 2, 2007.
Following the Oath of Office, Prime Minister Christie once again thanked the Bahamian people for expressing confidence in him.
“The voice of the
people was heard yesterday with great thunder and awesome power,” the
Prime Minister said. “I am humbled by the mandate that has thus been
bestowed upon me.
He added, “Let me
therefore say here and now, before Your Excellencies and all here
assembled, and to all the people of our country that I will be true and
faithful to you; that I will give the very best of myself at all times,
and my colleagues and I will leave no stone unturned in our common
pursuit of a better and brighter future for all of you.”
Christie thaned young Bahamians for their support, and said he would
exert every effort to alleviate the problem of joblessness and lack of
opportunities that plagues them more than any other sector of the
“It will not be easy
but of this you can be assured, this new government will not tire from
its labours until it has fulfilled its commitment to you. A commitment
solemnly proclaimed in detail in our Charter for Governance.”
Christie also extended gratitude to members of the Progressive Liberal
Party who worked during the election campaign to ensure victory.
“I want you to know how very grateful I am to all of you. I also want you to know that I will not forget you.”
He went on to invite all Bahamians to join him in a spirit of patriotism and mutual goodwill to building the country.
He also showed appreciation to the people of the Centreville Constituency for returning him as their representative.
Lastly, the Prime
Minister thanked his wife Bernadette and his three children: Steffan,
Adam and Alexandra for sticking with him through the campaign process.
Besides Mrs Christie
and their families, also in attendance were Lady Foulkes; elected
Members of Parliament and their spouses; senior Government Officials;
Ministers of the Gospel and supporters of the Progressive Liberal Party.
The Prime Minister said in his remarks that he has already turned his mind to the important task of forming a new government.
“The first of my
ministerial appointments will be announced tomorrow (Wednesday, May 9)
and my entire Cabinet will be fully assembled by Friday.
“My transition team
headed by the former Attorney General Sean McWeeney, QC, is already hard
at work and I propose to appoint Mr Wendell Major CMG, later today, as
the new Acting Cabinet Secretary,” Prime Minister Christie said.
“I promised to hit
the ground running and I have done so. Be assured that the days and
months ahead, you will witness the steady and systematic fulfilment of
all that we have promised.
“There are many
barriers, and may the great people of our country assist us as we now
set upon the urgent task of making our country safe and prosperous for
all its people,” the Prime Minister said.
(BIS Photos by Peter Ramsay)
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