Bahamas. The major opposition party Progressive Liberal
Party (PLP) won a clear victory in the parliamentary
elections on May 7, and its leader Perry Christie again
became prime minister after five years in opposition. He got
close to 49% of the vote, against incumbent Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham of the Free National Movement (FNM) who got
42%. The PLP increased sharply and received 29 of the 41
seats in Parliament, while the ruling FNM lost over half of
its seats and had to settle for nine seats.
countryaah, the election campaign was mostly about unemployment,
which was 15%, the increasing crime rate with more and more
murders and the plans for oil recovery. Exploration has
shown that there is oil in the sea outside the Bahamas, but
critics fear that an oil recovery would harm the important
tourism industry. Christie said he supports oil recovery but
that he would also ensure tourism protection.
Outgoing Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham, who was in power
during the periods 1992–2002 and 2007–12, announced after
the election he would leave the post of party leader and his
seat in Parliament. Hubert Minnis was shortly afterwards
elected as new leader of FNM. In October, a filling election
was held for Ingraham's parliamentary seat.
It was won by the PLP, which thus had 30 seats and the