Free National Movement Leader Hubert Minnis said to expect more cuts in the party in the run-up to the 2022 General Election.
“As we evaluate the remaining candidates, there will be a mix of new entrants and incumbents. Some people who ran in 2017 will not run in the next general election,” he said.
Why it matters
Former Deputy Prime Minister Peter Turnquest was not renominated by the party to run on the party’s ticket in 2022.
Since then, other names have swirled on social media of others who may be axed from the ticket.
The big picture
The Progressive Liberal Party and the Free National Movement ratified new candidates for the next general election.
The FNM’s group included 6 new candidates and 11 incumbents, while the PLP ratified 18 candidates for the next general election.
The FNM says its first of the 17 candidates include a mix of experienced individuals and new energy and talent.
What Party Leader Minnis says
- “We are committed to offering the best team possible for governance.
- Our party is well advanced in the process of evaluating potential candidates for the remaining constituencies. In the coming weeks, further ratification announcements will be made. These decisions are based on careful consultation and the need for the ongoing renewal of the FNM.
- Out of respect and courtesy, our party will first privately inform those incumbents who will not be nominated again before we make public announcements.
- It is our intention to draw on the expertise of some of our former candidates in various ways in the future should the people again give us their confidence as their government.”
PM on the history of the PLP
Hubert Minnis said the two major parties have different visions for the country and the FNM has “acted decisively during the pandemic to save lives and protect the future of Bahamians.”
Minnis said “The PLP opposes the live-saving emergency measures we enacted. Under the PLP’s policies, there would be no clear rules, the virus would spread, and there would be more sickness and death and economic ruin. The PLP is not a trustworthy party to govern The Bahamas.
Minnis reminded Bahamians, “Whenever they (PLP) are in office there are scandals that do damage to the international reputation of the Bahamas.”