Prime Minister of the Bahamas

The Prime Minister of The Bahamas is the head of government of the Bahamas, currently Hubert Minnis. Minnis, as leader of the governing Free National Movement party (FNM), He was sworn in as Prime Minister on 11 May 2017, succeeding Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) leader Perry Christie. This was a result of the FNM's victory in the Bahamas general election of May 10, 2017. The Prime Minister is formally appointed into office by the Governor General of the Bahamas, who represents Elizabeth II, the Queen of the Bahamas (The Bahamian Head of State).

The following article contains a list of Prime Ministers of The Bahamas, from the establishment of the position of Chief Minister of The Bahama Islands in 1955 to the present day.

Prime Minister of The Bahamas
Flag of the Prime Minister of the Bahamas
Hubert Minnis 2016
Incumbent
Hubert Minnis

since 11 May 2017
StyleThe Most Honourable
AppointerGovernor-General of the Bahamas
Term lengthAt the Governor-General's pleasure (normally 5 years)
Inaugural holderSir Lynden Pindling
Formation10 May 1969
Websitebahamas.gov.bs

Office of the Prime Minister

The Prime Minister of the Bahamas is the head of the Government of the Bahamas. Duties of the Prime Minister include:

  1. the Grand Bahama Port Authority
  2. the Public Utilities Commission
  3. City of Nassau revitalization project
  4. Industrial and hotel encouragement
  5. Bahamas Information Services
  6. National Economic Council
  7. Promotion and facilitation of investment
  8. Development in the Family Islands

Agencies under the prime minister include:

  • Department of Lands and Surveys
  1. Lands and Surveying
  2. Acquiring Land
  • Department of Local Government
  1. Relations with Local Government Agencies
  2. Local improvement associations

List of heads of government of The Bahamas (1955–present)

Chief Minister of The Bahama Islands (1955–1964)

Chief Minister Term of Office Political Party
(at time of election)
Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Took Office Left Office Duration
1 Sir Roland Symonette
(1898–1980)
1955 7 January 1964 9 years United Bahamian Party

Premiers of The Bahama Islands (1964–1969)

Premier Term of Office Political Party
(at time of election)
Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Took Office Left Office Duration
(1) Sir Roland Symonette
(1898–1980)
7 January 1964 16 January 1967 3 years, 9 days United Bahamian Party
2 Lynden Pindling
(1929–2000)
16 January 1967 10 May 1969 2 years, 114 days Progressive Liberal Party

Prime Minister of The Commonwealth of The Bahama Islands (1969–1973)

Prime Minister Term of Office Political Party
(at time of election)
Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Took Office Left Office Duration
1 Lynden Pindling
(1929–2000)
10 May 1969 10 July 1973 4 years, 61 days Progressive Liberal Party

Prime Ministers of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas (1973–present)

Prime Minister Term of Office Political Party
(at time of election)
Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Took Office Left Office Duration
1 Lynden Pindling
(1929–2000)
10 July 1973 21 August 1992 19 years, 42 days Progressive Liberal Party
2 Hubert Ingraham Hubert Ingraham
(1947–)
21 August 1992 3 May 2002 9 years, 255 days Free National Movement
3 Perry Christie 2013 (cropped) Perry Christie
(1942–)
3 May 2002 4 May 2007 5 years, 1 day Progressive Liberal Party
(2) Hubert Ingraham Hubert Ingraham
(1947–)
4 May 2007 8 May 2012 5 years, 4 days Free National Movement
(3) Perry Christie 2013 (cropped) Perry Christie
(1942–)
8 May 2012 11 May 2017 5 years, 3 days Progressive Liberal Party
4 Hubert Minnis 2016 Hubert Minnis
(1954–)
11 May 2017 Incumbent 1 year, 310 days Free National Movement

Deputy Prime Ministers

See also

References

2017 Commonwealth Youth Games

The 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games was the sixth edition of the Commonwealth Youth Games which started in 2000. The games were held from 19 to 23 July 2017 64 nations participated at the games. The Bahamas 2017 was the largest international sporting event ever to be hosted in The Bahamas, and the largest-ever edition of the Youth Games, with up to 1300 athletes. During the opening ceremony the Prime Minister of the Bahamas Hubert Minnis declared the games officially open.

Bahamians

Bahamians are a people that are ethnically associated with The Commonwealth of the Bahamas, or by citizenship.

Clement T. Maynard

Hon. Sir Clement T. Maynard, (11 September 1928 – 2 October 2009), was a former Deputy Prime Minister of The Bahamas (1985–92), who was also deputy leader of the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP). His long and distinguished career in Bahamian public life encompassed being a trade unionist, a Senator and then Member of Parliament. Widely regarded as “ one of the fathers of the modern Bahamas”, Maynard was the only person apart from Sir Lynden Pindling to have been appointed to serve in every Bahamian cabinet from 18 January 1967 to 18 August 1992. He served in a number of ministerial capacities, including as Minister of Works, Minister of Labour and Home Affairs, Minister of Health, Minister for Public Personnel, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and most notably Minister of Tourism, a post he held continuously for a decade, making him the longest-serving Minister of Tourism.He was the father of Bahamian Attorney-General Allyson Maynard Gibson.

Cynthia A. Pratt

Cynthia A. "Mother" Pratt (born 5 November 1945) is the former Deputy Prime Minister of the Bahamas. She attained the office when the Progressive Liberal Party came to power in the national elections of 2002.

She is a Protestant minister and served as a Physical Education teacher in the Bahamian public school system. She served as acting Prime Minister in 2005 when PM Perry Christie suffered a stroke.She was re-elected to her seat in Parliament in the 2007 general election.

On Friday, November 10, 2017, she launched her biography, An Ordinary Woman from the Heart of the Inner City, published by Scholar Books. Publisher Albert Cox reported at the launch that 35,000 copies had been sold already. Vernon Lynch, brother of actor Eddie Murphy, confirmed he will make Mrs Pratt's book into a movie.

Frank Watson

Frank Watson may refer to:

Frank Watson (cricketer) (1898–1976), English first-class cricketer

Frank Watson (American politician) (born 1945), Republican Minority Leader of the Illinois State Senate

Frank Watson (rugby league) (1923–2016), rugby league footballer of the 1940s and 1950s for Leeds, and Castleford

Frank Rushmore Watson (1859–1940), Philadelphia architect

Frank Watson (footballer) (1898–1972), English football forward

Frank Watson (Bahamas politician) (born 1940), former Deputy Prime Minister of the Bahamas

Frank Watson (Bahamas politician)

Frank Howard Watson (born 24 March 1940) is the former Deputy Prime Minister of the Bahamas, serving from 1992 to 2002. He was succeeded by Cynthia A. Pratt.

Hubert Ingraham

Hubert Alexander Ingraham (born 4 August 1947) is a Bahamian politician who was Prime Minister of the Bahamas from August 1992 to May 2002 and again from May 2007 to May 2012. He is a member of the Free National Movement Party (FNM). Prior to the 2012 election, he was the FNM's Party Leader and was the Member of Parliament for the North Abaco constituency. He served as Leader of the Opposition in the House of Assembly from 2005 to 2007.

In the historic election of August 1992, in which the FNM unseated the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP), Ingraham succeeded Prime Minister Lynden Pindling, who had headed the PLP government since January 1967. Following his party's victory in the May 2007 election, he became Prime Minister again.

After his government was defeated in the 2012 general election, on 7 May Ingraham announced his resignation as FNM leader and as an MP.

Hubert Minnis

Dr. Hubert Alexander Minnis (born 16 April 1954) is the Bahamian Prime Minister since May 2017. Minnis is the leader of the Free National Movement, the present governing party, and the Member of Parliament for the New Providence constituency of Killarney. First elected to the legislature in the 2007 election, he succeeded Hubert Ingraham as party leader following the party's defeat in the 2012 election.He was dismissed from his leadership role in the FNM in December 2016, and regained the position in April 2017 after much internal conflict within the party. He became Prime Minister following the victory of his party in the general election held on 10 May 2017.

List of Bahamians

This is a list of Bahamians, who are identified with the Bahamas through residential, legal, historical, or cultural means, grouped by their area of notability.

Lynden Pindling

The Right Excellent Sir Lynden Oscar Pindling (22 March 1930 – 26 August 2000), is regarded as the "Father of the Nation" of the Bahamas, having led it to majority rule on 10 January 1967 and to independence on 10 July 1973. He served as the first black premier of the Colony of the Bahama Islands from 1967 to 1969 and as Prime Minister of the Bahamas from 1969 to 1992. He was leader of the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) from 1956 to 1997 when he resigned from public life under scandal.

Pindling won an unbroken string of general elections until 1992, when the PLP lost to the Free National Movement (FNM) led by Hubert Alexander Ingraham. He conceded defeat with the words: "the people of this great little democracy have spoken in a most dignified and eloquent manner (and) the voice of the people, is the voice of God".

Pindling was a member of the Privy Council of the United Kingdom, and he was appointed Knight Commander of the Order of St. Michael and St. George in 1982.

Marguerite Pindling

Dame Marguerite Pindling, (née McKenzie; born 26 June 1932) has been the Governor-General of the Bahamas since 8 July 2014. She is the second female Governor-General after Dame Ivy Dumont.

Marguerite McKenzie was born to Reuben and Viola McKenzie in South Andros on 26 June 1932. She moved to Nassau in 1946 to live with her sister and attended the Western Senior School. She later became an assistant to photographer Stanley Toogood. Soon after, she met Lynden Pindling, who would go on to be Prime Minister of the Bahamas from 1969 to 1992. The couple married on 5 May 1956 and remained married until his death on 26 August 2000. The couple had four children.She was appointed Dame Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George.

Milo Butler

The Right Excellent Sir Milo Boughton Butler, GCMG (August 11, 1906 – January 22, 1979) was a Bahamian administrator. He was appointed as the first Bahamian Governor-General on the recommendation of Lynden Pindling, prime minister of The Bahamas and leader of the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP), of which he was also a member. He was Governor General from 1973 until his death in Nassau in 1979. He is commemorated with a statue located in downtown Nassau across from the Parliament House and his portrait is on the Bahamas $20 note.

Perry Christie

Perry Gladstone Christie (born 21 August 1943), PC, MP, is a Bahamian former politician who served as Prime Minister of the Bahamas from 2002 to 2007 and from 2012 to 2017. He is the longest-serving Bahamian elected parliamentarian, representing the Centreville constituency from 1977 to 2017. He is also a former athlete. His Progressive Liberal Party is the oldest Bahamian political party, holding solid majorities in the Bahamian Parliament several times in its long history.

Pleasant Bridgewater

Pleasant M. M. Bridgewater (born 26 September 1960 in Freeport, Grand Bahama) was a Senator and Member of The House of Assembly for the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) of The Bahamas. She was the first Northern Bahamas woman to contest and serve in The Bahamas Parliament. She contested and was defeated in the 1992 general elections (High Rock constituency) and in September of that year was appointed and served in the Senate from 1992 to 1997 under the administration of the late Sir Lynden Pindling[former Prime Minister of The Bahamas]. In 1997, she again contested in the general elections (High Rock constituency) and was defeated. From 2002 to 2007 she was the PLP Member of Parliament representing the Marco City constituency. Following her defeat in the 2007 general election, she was again appointed to the Senate. Bridgewater resigned from that position in 2009 in order to fight extortion allegations relating to the premature death of John Travolta's autistic son.Bridgewater is also the senior partner of the Freeport-based law firm Bridgewater and Co., which she founded in 1997. She was called to the Bahamas Bar in 1992.

Randy Daniels

Randy Daniels (born 1950) is an American journalist and educator who served as Secretary of State of New York from 2001 to 2005. He resides in Westchester, New York and is currently employed as Vice Chairman of Gilford Securities, a real estate investing firm.

Daniels was appointed to the Board of Trustees of the State University of New York in 1997 and currently serves as Vice Chairman. He was previously the senior vice president for economic revitalization at the Empire State Development Corporation. He was nominated for both positions by former Governor George Pataki. Daniels launched an unsuccessful Republican primary bid for Governor of New York in 2006.

Daniels held important positions in a number of different government entities. He served as the Director of Communications for the New York City Council President's Office from 1986 to 1988, and was appointed Press Secretary to the Prime Minister of the Bahamas in 1988. In 1992, he briefly became Deputy Mayor of New York City under David Dinkins. Prior to his career in public service, Daniels worked for many years as a correspondent for CBS News and a Professor of Journalism.

Robert Symonette

Robert "Bobby" Hallam Symonette (31 January 1925 – 1 March 1998) was a Bahamian yachtsman, businessman and politician.

Bobby Symonette was an accomplished international yachtsman. He represented the Bahamas at five Olympic Games, at Melbourne in 1956, Rome in 1960, Tokyo in 1964, Mexico in 1968 and Munich in 1972. Symonette twice won gold in the 5.5 metre keelboat event at the Sailing World Championships, in Sydney in 1980 and 1986. He also won silver at three World Championships in 1962 in Poole, Dorset, England, in 1973 in Lysekil, Sweden and in 1977 at Bénodet, France.

Symonette was a founding member of the Nassau Yacht Club and an International Yacht Racing Union judge. Symonette served as President of the Bahamas Olympic Association from 1957 to 1972. In 1977 hosted the International 5.5 Metre Class World Championship and the Scandinavian Gold Cup in the waters off Key Biscayne, FL.

Symonette was also a member of a prominent Bahamian political family. Bobby Symonette was the son of Sir Roland Symonette, the first Premier of the Bahama Islands and his second wife, the former Thelma Bell Clepper of Andalusia, Alabama. Symonette was also the half-brother of Brent Symonette, the former Deputy Prime Minister of the Bahamas and Deputy Leader Free National Movement (FNM).

Bobby Symonette served formerly as Speaker of the Bahamas' House of the Assembly from 1962 to 1967.

The Black Moses

The Black Moses is a 2014 documentary film directed by Travolta Cooper. The film had its world premiere on 8 December 2013 at the Bahamas International Film Festival, where it served as the festival's closing film. It went on to show at several other film festivals and received a distribution deal at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. The Black Moses received a theatrical release in the United States and the Bahamas on 10 October 2014.

The film stars Dennis Haysbert and documents the life and times of Lynden Pindling, the first black Prime Minister of The Bahamas.

William Cartwright (Bahamian politician)

William "Bill" Cartwright (c. 1923 – June 7, 2012) was a Bahamian politician, realtor and magazine publisher. Cartwright, together with Sir Henry Milton Taylor and Cyril Stevenson, co-founded the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) in 1953, the first national political party to be established in the Bahamas. He was the last surviving member of the PLP's three founders.Cartwright was a native of Long Island, Bahamas. He was elected to the Bahamas House of Assembly, the lower house of Parliament, in 1949 as a representative of Cat Island. He served in parliament for seven years.In 1953, Cartwright joined with Sir Henry Milton Taylor and Cyril Stevenson to found the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP), the first national political party in the Bahamas. Outside politics Cartwright worked as a realtor before becoming a magazine publisher later in life.Cartwright resided at the Good Samaritan Home in Nassau for the final two years of his life. He died at Princess Margaret Hospital in Nassau at 4 a.m. on June 7, 2012, at the age of 89. Bahamas Governor-General Arthur Foulkes had visited Cartwright three weeks before his death. Prime Minister of the Bahamas and leader of the PLP, Perry Christie, presented a speech in honor of Cartwright to the Assembly, calling him a "national hero" who contributed a "historical role he had played in laying the foundations for party politics in The Bahamas." Loretta Butler-Turner, the deputy leader of the opposition Free National Movement (FNM) and MP for Cartwright's native Long Island, said that "He is in his own right a founder of the modern Bahamas." Butler-Turner also called for the establishment of a national oral history project following Cartwright's death to preserve the modern, social and national history and national identity of the country.

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