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‘If Prime Minister Is The Best Candidate, He Will Be Encouraged To Run Again’

By KHRISNA VIRGIL

Tribune Staff Reporter

kvirgil@tribunemedia.net

FORMER Progressive Liberal Party Cabinet Minister George Smith said Prime Minister Perry Christie will be encouraged to offer himself to lead the party again if PLP political strategists believe he is the best candidate to help the party win the next general election.

However, Mr Smith said, delegates who will convene in a convention to cast votes for possible new leadership will ultimately have the final say.

“The PLP as it stands is out to win the next general election,” he said. “That necessitates that the party and the government do their best to fulfil promises in terms of job creation, in dealing with crime, and seeing to the successful implementation of national health insurance among other things.

“The party will evaluate what will give it the best chance of retaining the government and that will be who will lead, who will remain and who will be dropped. However, I anticipate that we will have at least two conventions before 2017 and during that time the political strategists in the party will determine if Mr Christie will give us the best chance at winning and he will be encouraged to lead.”

He added: “The conventions will be the only place where that is to be realised. No one determines that they want to hand it over to anyone. If the person wants to be leader they have to acquire 50 per cent of the delegates’ votes plus one.”

This comes after Mr Christie told reporters on Thursday that he was prepared to lead his party into the next general election.

However, Mr Christie said he was working on a succession plan to ensure that his party is prepared for a possible transition of leadership ahead of the vote.

Mr Christie explained that he did not want to reveal his future plans because he did not want to be seen as a “lame duck” for the remainder of his term.

However, he added that there were several capable candidates with aspirations for leadership of the party.

Mr Christie said: “We have a wonderful country, we have a wonderful democracy,” he said. “Per chance the people of this party, even Mr (Philip) ‘Brave’ Davis who is my deputy and is a wonderful aspirant, all of them may say ‘Christie we think you better hold on.’

“I don’t know what I’d do if they said that, but this is what happens in a democracy and you can go back to it.

“I’m always prepared, yes (for another term), whether I go another term is another matter but I’m preparing the party and the country for the kind of future it’s going to have.”

The comments came at a ceremony to commemorate his 40th anniversary as a politician.

Comments

duppyVAT 5 years, 11 months ago

Please stop the political postering George ............ no one can tell Perry he cant run again. He controls the delegates votes by his appointment of stalwart councillors ........ he can remain party leader for life .............. except there is a revolt of the PLP inner circle or Cabinet

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ThisIsOurs 5 years, 11 months ago

Who are these political strategists? Sandilands patients? Handing the country to PGC for another 5 years?

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jackbnimble 5 years, 11 months ago

If PGC is the best candidate, we are doomed. Don't do it!

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duppyVAT 5 years, 11 months ago

We should all lobby for Perry to run again ................ at least the PLP will lose for sure

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realfreethinker 5 years, 11 months ago

Jokes for life. He dont want to be seen as a "lame Duck". he is nothing more than a " lame ass" now so lame duck might be an improvement.

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afficianado 5 years, 11 months ago

I anticipate the PLP will lose the next election.

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asiseeit 5 years, 11 months ago

Isn't there a retirement age for the civil service? I mean power must be like those stem cells, "you can feel it working."

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The_Oracle 5 years, 11 months ago

Given the busted decrepit broke state of affairs in the country, He may be the best man for the job. Lord knows no one with any sense or intelligence would want it!

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ChaosObserver 5 years, 11 months ago

Hey, I've got a trained dolphin i could put in the running for a better candidate than this buffoon!

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jlcandu 5 years, 11 months ago

The PLP will win the next election because the anti-PLP vote will be split between the DNA & the FNM. These PLP stalwart councillors with one foot in the grave need to wake up and smell the coffee -- the world does not begin and end with PGC!!!

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asiseeit 5 years, 11 months ago

Why someone has not made a soap opera about Bahamian politics god knows. It would be a smash hit and you will be given the material. It will have comedy, drama, suspense, crime, love triangles, backstabbing, the whole shebang. Oh, I forgot tears, plenty of tears on the faces of the people. We could even export it, people would be amazed by what these fantastic politicians we have are into. Maybe if this is done we will finally get something useful from our politicians. If it is a really big hit they can tax it hard and steal/waste/mismanage that money as well!

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duppyVAT 5 years, 11 months ago

Agreed. With the slap, toilet, baby mamas and all!!!!!!!!!!!

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licks2 5 years, 11 months ago

The PLP are running "fraid" . . . THEY ARE GOING TO LOSE NO MATTER THEY DO. . .PGC AS LEADER ONLY WILL MAKE THE CUT AZZ THAT MORE WITH EXTREME PREJUDICES! No counselors will save his azz frum the wrath of the people! He has gone hog wild in coming up with all kinda things that he can use to "FOOL" the people again into giving him another five years. . .in which he will diss we behinds them again. . .do all kind of shed and ignore us but allow his cronies them to run hog wild, don't pay bills, make a dray load of money from the public purse and thing!! His stupid foolishness done when he let 13 of he friends them "ROB" BOB and get away with 100 million dollars. . .scott free!!! That dude is finished with a capital f. . .DONE, HOODWINKED. . .BAMBOZZLED. . .

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