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Pm Says ‘I Am The Leader’ - But No Word On His Future

Prime Minister Perry Christie

Prime Minister Perry Christie

By RASHAD ROLLE

Tribune Staff Reporter

rrolle@tribunemdia.net

PRIME Minister Perry Christie avoided saying yesterday if he will make a bid to remain leader of the Progressive Liberal Party at its convention in November, but told reporters: “I am the leader of the party.”

When asked by a reporter about his political plans, Mr Christie jokingly asked: “You want someone to beat me, hey?”

He then rushed off to a special Cabinet meeting.

His statements came moments before Deputy Prime Minister Philip “Brave” Davis told reporters that “a lot of people” support him for the leadership post, adding that he has “always been ready” to ascend to that position.

Mr Davis, however, declined once again to say if he will make a leadership bid in November or contest Mr Christie, telling reporters that he will disclose his intentions in “due course.”

Asked if he has started making assessments about the support he has in the party, he said “not yet,” but added that he is “warmed by the support” he has received from those who want him to make a leadership bid.

He declined to comment when asked if he has been in talks with PLP stalwart councillors, who will ultimately decide the party’s leader when they vote at the November convention.

Mr Christie, 72, has not given any clear indication of what his next move in politics will be. He has served two, non-consecutive terms as prime minister and has been the PLP’s leader for 18 years.

Some in the party have suggested that he step aside and allow a new leader to take his place and marshal the party into the next election.

Former PLP Senator and MP Philip Galanis has publicly voiced his support for Mr Davis to run for the party’s top post.

Mr Davis and Tourism Minister Obie Wilchcombe are the only sitting members of Parliament who have openly expressed an interest in running for leader of the PLP, though both have previously said they would only seek the nomination if Mr Christie declines to do so himself.

Mr Wilchcombe has repeatedly stressed his allegiance to Mr Christie. However, some have speculated that Mr Davis will run for the PLP’s leader even if Mr Christie offers himself again.

Golden Gates MP Shane Gibson, who will serve as the party’s chairman for the convention, told reporters recently that he believes the people interested in vying for leadership are experienced enough to know when to declare their intentions, whether doing so early would benefit them or if it is better to do so at the “last minute.”

Comments

GrassRoot 3 years, 2 months ago

What a circus. The Ego of one Person holds the future of this country hostage and shuts down any development in the party that runs this country. Drunk from power, unable to connect with reality.

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sheeprunner12 3 years, 2 months ago

Typical Third World leadership ........... the man doesn't know (or wish) when to retire ...... he cannot come to accept that he has nothing left to offer this country as a leader ........... so SAD

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Emac 3 years, 2 months ago

"he cannot come to accept that he has nothing left to offer this country as a leader" You speak as though this man has offered anything to this country. He has NOT contributed diddly squat to the Bahamas.

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sheeprunner12 3 years, 2 months ago

I apologize ............ It is true ........ he has been a leadership failure from the time the cows died at BARC

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Emac 3 years, 2 months ago

I believe this jokey, wanna be leader wakes up every morning, scratches his rusty balls and thinks to himself..."Hmmm wonder what bullshit I can feed the Bahamian people today?" Too bad we don't have a Bahamian version of the CIA...

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countryfirst 3 years, 1 month ago

One deadbeat politician and his circus holding a whole country back.Wake up Bahamas lets get rid of these crooks once and for all.

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John 3 years, 1 month ago

GREECE is going to the polls for the third time in one year: the major problems corruption and $350 billion in debt. Are we there yet?

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Sickened 3 years, 1 month ago

Dear John, Patience. We will get there my friend.

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John 3 years, 1 month ago

Gas prices in the U.S. Have dropped to as low as $1.83 a gallon. So why are we still paying $4.65?

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digimagination 3 years, 1 month ago

Suggest you ask Franklyn Wilson...

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Regardless 3 years, 1 month ago

Independence ushered in "sunshine" styled oppression of the masses very cleverly disguised. Indeed, its benefactors will be as the camel seeks to enter the eye of the needle and find no Paradise.

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John 3 years, 1 month ago

You'all worring about dr. Minnis and his leadership style aye...well look wat happening now. Some jumping ship and some trying to create mutiny. The good one just have to stay the course and the others will fall by the wayside.

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gottagojoess1 3 years, 1 month ago

I think . the Bahamian people needs a leader who can create jobs for the Bahamian people,cause to much shops close for business.

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