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Minnis Explains Why Early Election was Called

Outgoing FNM leader Dr. Hubert Minnis says he called an early election because his govt. needed a new mandate to tackle “difficult decisions”.



NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Days before the Free National Movement elects a new leader, outgoing leader Dr. Hubert Minnis told party members he rang the bell early because his government needed a new mandate in order to tackle “very difficult decisions”.

Vaughnique Toote has the story.

Two months after the FNM’s stunning defeat at the polls, Former Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis sought to explain why he called the General Election eight months earlier than expected.

Addressing party supporters on Grand Bahama during the FNM’s 50th anniversary service in Holmes Rock, Minnis insisted tough times are ahead and the government needed a new mandate.

Minnis faced criticism for calling an election in the midst of a vicious third wave of COVID-19 infections and on election day, the party was swept out of office, holding onto just seven seats.

The majority of Minnis’ cabinet ministers lost in their constituencies. However, he asserted better days are ahead for the party.

The opposition leader said the FNM has much to be proud of, adding his government gave its all during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This will be one of Minnis’ final addresses as FNM leader, as the party prepares to choose his replacement during its one-day convention on Saturday.

Marco City Member of Parliament Michael Pintard, East Grand Bahama MP Kwasi Thompson and Central Grand Bahama MP Iram Lewis are the three leadership contenders.

As he prepares to step down, the outgoing leader told supporters, the FNM has weathered many storms, which build resistance and forge character.