By KHRISNA VIRGIL
Tribune Staff Reporter
CENTRAL and South Abaco MP Edison Key yesterday confirmed that he will retire from politics in 2017 to end a 40-year long career as a parliamentarian.
Mr Key, 76, was in good spirits as he reflected on his time as a public servant; a journey he said that was filled with highs and lows.
Mr Key told The Tribune he was looking forward to making his exit from the political arena to give much needed attention to his personal life.
“This will be my last time,” Mr Key said. “Forty years is long enough. So the next two and a half years will wind me down. It is time I do some things for myself. I’d like to spend the time (taking) my wife fishing.
“I have been working for these people for four decades and it is time I relax.”
When asked if he has endorsed anyone to run in his constituency, Mr Key said it was too early to do so.
However, a well-placed source told The Tribune that the Free National Movement is considering former Minister of Education Desmond Bannister, who was once the Carmichael MP, to run for the seat.
Mr Key entered politics in 1977 and served two terms as a senator and chairman of the Bahamas Telecommunications Corporation, or BATELCO as it was then called, under a previous Progressive Liberal Party government.
He resigned his post as a PLP senator in 2005, and then left the party.
Later that year, he became a member of the FNM.
He was elected to Parliament by the Central and South Abaco constituency in the 2007 general election and appointed chairman of the Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation (BAIC).
He reclaimed the seat following the 2012 general election, which saw the FNM defeated in a landslide victory for the PLP.