The Prime Minister of The Bahamas retains leadership following party elections.
Elections were part of the ruling Progressive Liberal Party’s 52nd convention, held over the past 3 days – which was its first leadership race in more than 7 years.
Yesterday, PLP delegates voted to keep Prime Minister Perry Christie as their leader, as he received over 1,200 votes compared to his only opponent former Attorney General Alfred Sears’ 169 votes.
In his acceptance speech Christie – who has lead the PLP for 20 years, thanked delegates for returning him to leadership, and said he was humbled by the overwhelming vote of confidence.
While Sears called election rules unfair and filed a formal complaint to party trustees, saying more than 300 stalwart councilors were installed last week – which placed him at a disadvantage, as they overwhelmingly voted in favor of Christie.
In other election results, Deputy Prime Minister Philip Brave Davis and PLP chairman, Bradley Roberts were elected unopposed.
Roberts responded to Sears’ accusations, saying “The rules and regulations have been in place in this party from Mr. Sears entered the party” and “The results will affirm in the clearest of terms that the Progressive Liberal Party prefers Mr. Christie as their leader.”