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Davis To Take Opposition Leader Role Tomorrow

Official Opposition Leader Philip 'Brave' Davis.

Official Opposition Leader Philip 'Brave' Davis.

By RICARDO WELLS

Tribune Staff Reporter

rwells@tribunemedia.net

FORMER Deputy Prime Minister Philip “Brave” Davis is expected to be sworn in as leader of the Official Opposition on Friday.

PLP Chairman Bradley Roberts said yesterday that the Cat Island, Rum Cay and San Salvador MP-elect would now shoulder the leadership responsibilities for the Official Opposition moving forward.

Responding to question concerning the party’s Senate appointments, which are expected to be made next week, Mr Roberts said all inquires of the sort should be made to Mr Davis in his capacity as Official Opposition leader and party leader.

On Monday, Mr Davis himself indicated that it was the party’s intention for him to be named leader of the Official Opposition in Parliament, however, there was public speculation that one of the other members of the parliamentary caucus would lead the party in Parliament while he focused on external party affairs.

However, that speculation was ended Wednesday, with clarification that Mr Davis would lead the party both in and out of the House of Assembly.

Mr Roberts stated: “Mr Davis is the leader of the party. He will lead us in the House and outside of it. Any questions concerning the Senate or anything else should be directed to him in his capacity as Opposition leader and leader of the Progressive Liberal Party.”

Apart from Mr Davis, only Glenys Hanna-Martin in Englerston, Chester Cooper in Exuma and Ragged Island and Picewell Forbes in South Andros successfully contested seats in last week’s general election.

Sources within the PLP suggested to The Tribune that some consideration was for Mrs Hanna Martin to lead the party within the House of Assembly, but officials thought it best to rally behind Mr Davis as the party looks to “regain its footing.”

That trusted source added that the party would look to address its ongoing issues behind the scenes in the build-up to a convention and not through the media.

Attempts by The Tribune to reach Mr Davis on Wednesday were unsuccessful.

Mr Davis is expected to be sworn in during a ceremony at Government House at 5pm tomorrow, according to Mr Roberts.

The PLP as a party has faced calls for a complete re-branding in the wake of its resounding defeat at the hands of the Free National Movement.

In the wake of last week’s general election, former Prime Minister Perry Christie announced on Monday night that his political season had come to an end, as he officially resigned as party leader.

His resignation has opened the door for what many within the party have called a chance to “right itself.”

Some have thrown blame for outcome of the general election directly at the feet of Mr Christie and his inability to address scandals and claims of corruption levelled at his Cabinet, while others, in particular former West End and Bimini MP Obie Wilchcombe, have blamed a lack of campaign finance legislation for the loss.

Mr Wilchcombe also revealed his intent to vie for the PLP’s post as chairman at the party’s next convention.

All this comes as the party’s unsuccessful Fort Charlotte candidate and one time leadership hopeful, Alfred Sears, has received endorsements to again pursue the post.

The party’s constitution allows for a convention to be held once a year, with language that provides grounds for party elections to take place at the behest of the party’s national council.

The party last held a convention at the end of January.

Comments

sheeprunner12 5 months, 1 week ago

We want him to stay right there and take the heat for 5 years .......... and beyond, to ensure that the people NEVER forget who ruined this country for the next generation ....... Davis must become the "face" of the SLOP spawn who almost destroyed The Bahamas - #MajorityRule50

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hallmark 5 months, 1 week ago

Have you heard this man speak?

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Greentea 5 months, 1 week ago

I have friends who sat on juries who claim Davis is a gat dam maestro in court. They have told me that if they ever get in trouble, I need to call Brave to represent them. Real talk. But I don't get it. I have never seen him in court and to me he can barely string two sentences together. He has ZERO pep and can put an elephant to sleep. He takes so long to get to a point in politricks that I can barely listen to him without dozing off. This is an obvious but unfortunate move for the PLP. Brave don't let Minnis's success give you hope. No PM post for you.

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banker 5 months, 1 week ago

Interesting. Best of luck to him.

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Sickened 5 months, 1 week ago

Hope he enjoys his time before prison (or the release of Ninety).

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proudloudandfnm 5 months, 1 week ago

Brave leading them proves the PLP refuse to learn its lesson. It will forever be the party of incompetence and corruprion...

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Tarzan 5 months, 1 week ago

The guy can hardly leave the Bahamas or he will be arrested. Great choice for your leader.

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Sickened 5 months, 1 week ago

I hear Ninety has started a forensic audit of his own. Brave really sweatin'.

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PastorTroy 5 months, 1 week ago

Former PM Christie may have been 'dangerous' to the Bahamas because of his naivety, however, THIS GUY???????. If Doc. PM and his crew, REALLY do their jobs on corruption, I'm sure he'll be 'weeded out' (pun INTENDED) as 'leader' or the opposition in our Bahamaland.

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