Desmond Bannister, Zhivargo Laing, Kwasi Thompson and Heather Hunt
By KHRISNA VIRGIL
FOUR former FNM candidates will be sworn in as senators later today.
They include former Education minister Desmond Bannister, former state minister of Finance Zhivargo Laing, and Kwasi Thompson, who had served as House Speaker. Heather Hunt, attorney and unsuccessful candidate for the Marathon constituency, also will be sworn in.
Calling the party's selection a mixture of youth and a wealth of knowledge, Opposition Leader in the House of Assembly Dr Hubert Minnis said the four were chosen to send a message that the FNM is a party of the future.
He said: "We have chosen this group to show that the FNM is a party that is interested in readying our young people to be serious leaders. We realise that they are the future of this country and that is one of our focuses."
"Each of them qualifies to serve in the Senate. Zhivargo has institutional knowledge of each agency having served the Ministry of Finance. Kwasi has shown excellent organisational ability and has a youthful following and Desmond has proven himself as a leader time and time again."
"Heather is youthful and we know she promises to be a great leader in this country."
However, the new senators will serve for only three of the five-year term, according to Dr Minnis.
"I would have a rotation type of system to support other young people who are ready to be moulded as leaders. The Senate is a good place to help them begin."
The ceremony will take place in the Ballroom of Government House at 4 pm.