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Minnis Has Set Sights On 2022 Election Victory

Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis.

Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis.

By KHRISNA RUSSELL

Deputy Chief Reporter

krussell@tribunemedia.net

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis intends to run as leader of the Free National Movement in the 2022 general election and he’s confident Bahamians will elect him again to lead the country.

Dr Minnis said this much in an interview with reporters at the Department of Housing’s launch of the first service lots for sale at the Sunset Close extension yesterday.

During the event, as he remarked about the government’s plan to develop one housing subdivision each year for the next ten years, Dr Minnis quipped: “They got the message. They hear me say the ten-year plan so they can interpret that. That mean you got nine more years of me.”

Following these remarks, the prime minister was asked about his plans to introduce term limits for prime ministers, however Dr Minnis did not provide many details. However, he insisted it would come during his term in office.

“It would come in under my term, believe me because I certainly do not want to go more than two (terms), that’s my max,” he said.

“All I can say is it will come, it will come. Let’s put it like that because that’s a referendum, so it will come.”

While in opposition, the Free National Movement promised to establish term limits for the prime minister. This pledge was also outlined in the Speech from the Throne read by Governor General Dame Marguerite Pindling, which marked the opening of Parliament following the 2017 general election.

However, term limits cannot be instituted without first taking the issue to the public through a referendum. In the past referenda have been an expensive undertaking.

The Christie administration spent $1.2m on the 2013 gaming referendum. It was also estimated that the 2016 constitutional referendum cost the public purse around $1.57m.

The Minnis administration has also pledged to institute a recall system for non-performing members of Parliament and an independent Constituencies Commission and Electoral Commission.

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Alex_Charles 1 month, 1 week ago

Your party surely does not have my vote based on your performance thus far.

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proudloudandfnm 1 month, 1 week ago

The FNM can't be dumb enough to elect him leader for 22. No way. He was the worst opposition leader in our history and he is a terrible, lazy PM. The man has to go...

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tetelestai 1 month, 1 week ago

What's the alternative? (no "snarkiness" meant at all with this question).

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ThisIsOurs 1 month, 1 week ago

You must remember that as horrible as the PLP was, they got 40+ percent of the vote. Can you fathom that? They was horrible. And Minnis say he only focusing on the 60% of the population between 18-35. I can guarantee all a dem een vote fir him. So it's no longer a question of "alternatives". It's a question of how disillusioned and demotivated and uninspired FNM supporters and Independent voters are. The PLP don't need no more votes. They just need people to stay home. Dr Minnis is EXTREMELLY naive to think he has this in the bag.

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joeblow 1 month, 1 week ago

It might be more important to accomplish something of note first!

Seems like an inappropriate time to make an announcement like this. It makes the availability of the lots seem politically motivated!

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proudloudandfnm 1 month, 1 week ago

There is an alternative. The FNM has talent. Minnis has none. An alternative is the easy part. Getting their idiot sheep stalwart not to elect another lazy do nothing is the tricky part. These new FNMs are all idiots, the way they carried on for Minnis was embarassing and shocking. They are the real problem.

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licks2 1 month, 1 week ago

Yall see why he says what he says. . .dumb statements like above. . .dishonest comments full of "blinded" hate and some jealousy. . .he may be a poor speaker. . .BUT LAZY, DUMB, A DO NOTHING NITWIT HE IS NOT!! That's where yinna keep shooting yasef in the foot so to speak. . .YALL KEEP BEING DISHONEST AND MEAN. . .WHILE HE WINNING THE HEARTS OF THE PEOPLE. . .LIKE HE DID DURING THE ELECTION.

Call him what ya like. . .HE WILL WIN AGAIN AS LONG AS YINNA KEEP LOOKING LIKE YINNA "BARKING AT MOVING CAR". . .the people them are not stupid. . .WE KNOW BLACK CRAB SYNDROME WHEN WE SEE IT!!

So if yinna hope to make a significant dent in the electability of doc come 22. . .yinna sure have to do better than we see yinna doing around here. . .he making azzes of yinna all over the place. Why yall think he is getting more comfortable with his "power-base". . .yall talking a bunch of nonsense. . .WEEN ON YALL RUN WID DAT!!

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Alex_Charles 1 month, 1 week ago

How much is the FNM paying you to be a shill for them?

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ThisIsOurs 1 month, 1 week ago

Lol. I don't think they realize we some of the people who voted for Minnis. The goal typically isn't to piss those people off, especially when you didn't win an overwhelming percentage of the total vote

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Alex_Charles 1 month, 1 week ago

also they didn't win because we wanted them. They won because we wanted Christie gone as he wouldn't voluntarily leave.

Being Anti Minnis/FNM does not mean anyone is PLP. Being anti-PLP does not mean anyone is pro-FNM either.

Those days are over! Country comes before these rotten parties. All the FNM/UBP/PLP has ever done was make themselves multimillionaires off of the backs of the Bahamian taxpayer (and the taxes foreigners pay).

All of them crooked!

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TalRussell 1 month, 1 week ago

Ma Charade's news talk off streets has it that man's and woman's around Minnis (benefiting from political publicpurse loyalty appointees paycheques) red shirts hopeful 2022 - 2017 party leader - will need much more than a Cigio.
Why just yesterday they signed performance contract for da appropriate music that can only best describe the campaign's theme music for another five-years under Minnis.
Unlike Minnis, how could 91,409 voting red shirts 10th May, 2017 watch Cigo at work and not have man's brungs happy, pleasing smile ya face.

One man Cigo Band 2011 -

....///////https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gToWQGedLHU

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licks2 1 month, 1 week ago

I SUGGEST THAT WE FIND A "REAL" ISSUE WITH THE MINNIS GOVERNMENT AND PROVIDE RELEVANT, HONEST DIALOGUE WHERE WE CAN BECOME CONGRUENT WITH THE DEVELOPMENT MOVING FORWARD IN THIS NATION!

THE HORSE IS OUT OF THE BARN PEOPLES. . .CHEAP POLITICAL STUPIDITY WILL NOT HAVE ANY COGENT INPUT TO ANYTHING EXCEPT TO SHOW YA HATE OR JEALOUSY!!

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Alex_Charles 1 month, 1 week ago

I am positive our fellow Bahamians in Freeport and Ragged Island aren't spiteful, they are angry and disappointed. More so Freeport who's been failed by successive administrations. While honest dialogue is key to having a open discussion about governance in this country, being a cuck for a political party is not helpful. That rabbid tribal mentality is a venereal disease in this country.

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geostorm 1 month, 1 week ago

Tell them licks2! There is a silent majority who refuses to get involved in all of this political negativity. They are the ones who will decide the fate of Doc Minnis and the FNM. They are the ones who will look beyond party politics and seek out what is being done to improve the lives of Bahamians near and far. If Doc sticks to his plan to bring fiscal responsibility and improvements to those in the Over- the Hill community, he will have his chance at 2 terms.

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Well_mudda_take_sic 1 month, 1 week ago

One and done....the emperor has no clothes....both the Dimwitted Doc and the FNM party controlled by his minions are for all intents and purposes political toast.

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sheeprunner12 1 month, 1 week ago

The real FNM boosters were revealed with the new national honours list

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Greentea 1 month, 1 week ago

Slow ya roll nig. Stop looking in the face of the sycophants around you including Licks2 and realize how few people really on this re-election run with you.

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jamani2 1 month, 1 week ago

It will take at least ten years to clean up the PLP's mess and right the ship.

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birdiestrachan 1 month, 1 week ago

doc lives in a fools paradise. and he is a true liar. so he lies to himself and believes his own lies. so he believes the Bahamian people like him. he doc has made the FNM party a dirty word. He has done that for his party. Every time FNM is mentioned people cuss.

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realfreethinker 1 month, 1 week ago

birdie go away and carry well-mudda and Bforb with ya. I use to agree with alot of the things mudda said but he/she just seems to be angry with the world. He/she would make you believe that our problems just started . Even when persons make comments that have nothing to do with the gov'he/ she gets on doc.

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TalRussell 1 month, 1 week ago

All I can tell Comrade PM is that whomever is slew makeover his public image he hired be preparing 2022........... fire they asses cause they has be foreign political party advisers on contract from Dollar Store... more likes they shipped PM a slew Dime Store advisers,

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ThisIsOurs 1 month, 1 week ago

That's the plan? Is creating low cost homes revolutionary? Havent they been doing this since the "5000 under the table per low cost home Shane Gibson resigns under a cloud as Minister of Housing" days?

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Raptor22 1 month, 1 week ago

Did PM Minnis really say above: “Believe me”...??

Why should I believe anything you say after the words you spoke to the people in the House Budget Debate 2014 about VAT?

Quote:

"The PLP government continues to sing praises of the smoothness with which VAT was introduced.”

"But the [PLP] Government has shown no appreciation for the pain and suffering, the pain and suffering, Mr. Speaker, inflicted by VAT on our poor, the pain and suffering inflicted by VAT on our pensioners, and the VAT burden inflicted on the middle class in our society.”

“...we in the FNM feel even stronger now that it was wrong of this PLP government to inflict pain on our poor, our pensioners, our disposed and on the middle class. Mr. Speaker I cannot imagine how a PLP party born out of the struggles of the poor, and which for so many years survived on the backs of the poor could now turn their backs on them, how could you?”

“The Department of Statics would tell you that poverty is up…and as for not caring, if somebody’s poor and already down, and you increase tax on them, you must not be caring, how else can you explain that, ask the man over the hill who can’t buy bread, and now he has an extra cost, ask him, he would interpret that as not caring. You who live in the ivory towers do not because the 7 1/2 % do not affect you. Mr. Speaker, it is clear from this budget communication that the PLP is more interested with winning an election than governing our Country. I want to say it again, it is clear that you are more interested in winning an election than governing a Country."

And listen to your words, PM Minnis, posted by FNM Killarney, youtube June 19, 2018:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zOHYph2IcNk

No, after what you SAID in 2014 about VAT, and after what you DID in 2018 by increasing VAT , this FNM supporter says “I DON’T BELIEVE YOU", and as for another term as PM? wishful thinking. The FNM can do better than you, as you have shown by your actions that we cannot trust you, and it is not “The People’s Time”.

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Raptor22 1 month, 1 week ago

listen to your words, PM Minnis, posted by FNM Killarney, youtube June 19, 2015:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zOHYph2IcNk

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Raptor22 1 month, 1 week ago

And you sure as heck don't have "A Soldier's Heart" !

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SP 1 month ago

Has anyone else asked the question why does PM Minnis consider himself a scientist? Based on Oxford definition, I cannot make ends meet to classify him as a scientist.

https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/scientist

Simply being a medical doctor does not make one a scientist. What qualifies Minnis as a scientist?

https://www.quora.com/Are-medical-doctors-scientists

Enquiring minds need to know!

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John 1 month ago

You must know basic science (at least biology) to become a doctor. So basically speaking, Hubert Minnis is a scientist.

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bogart 4 weeks, 1 day ago

EXCELLENT FOR ANY PRIME MINISTER TO ANNOUNCE TO THE BUSINESS INVESTMENT COMMUNITY HIS INTENTIONS TO BE PRIME MINISTER AN CEO FOT 9 MORE YEARS THAT DEY CAN BE ASSURED OF A STABLE ECONOMIC ENVIRONMENT.....TRANSPARENCY...DOGGED DETERMINATION TO MOVE THE COUNTRY FORWARD ....AND INTERNATIONALLY ....CONDEMMATION OF CURRUPTION THAT EXISTS ...MEASURES THAT INSTILL BUSINESS CONFIDENCE ......

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SP 4 weeks ago

PM Hubert Minnis now has sights on 2022 election? Let's see if Minnis learned anything from Lynden Pindling having his sights on 1992 election, Hubert Ingraham having his sights on 2012 election and Perry Christie having his sights on 2017 election.

Neither of these three stooges had enough humility to listen to the wants and needs of the electorate!

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