By AVA TURNQUEST
Tribune Chief Reporter
THE Free National Movement is expected to ratify several of its candidates for the 2017 general election next week, according to a source close to the matter.
The party had planned to ratify the bulk of its 2017 general election candidates in August; however, the highly anticipated appointments were repeatedly postponed due to controversy over conflict of interest claims from the Progressive Liberal Party, reported leadership issues, and most recently the catastrophic Hurricane Joaquin.
Despite reports that several sitting FNM MPs will not be renominated, the source suggested that current parliamentarians would be allowed to remain as standard bearers.
According to the source, the party’s Candidates Committee has shortlisted 10 candidates for approval by the FNM’s Central Council.
Despite declaring his retirement earlier this year, Central and South Abaco MP Edison Key suggested last month that he would seek another term.
The turnaround came less than six months after he confirmed to The Tribune that he was looking forward to the end of his 40-year long career as a parliamentarian.