Bostwick first woman acting PM, not Pratt

EDITOR, The Tribune.

First, let me congratulate her Excellency Cynthia Alexandria Pratt for her rise to the highest office in the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. Secondly, I want to draw the public’s attention to the assertion that was made in the media that she was the first female acting Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas in 2002.

Dame Janet Gwenneth Bostwick, seven years earlier in 1998, when then Prime Minister Hubert Alexander Ingraham and Deputy Frank Watson were out of the country she was appointed to act as Prime Minister. 2. This falsehood that Cynthia Pratt was the first Acting Prime Minister was repeated overly during her swearing in ceremony and by reporters in the media without correction. She may be the first to have acted for an extended period, but certainly not the first as being hyped.

During 2005, and his first term as Prime Minister, Mr Christie had a stroke which incapacitated him for awhile and left him hospitalized. The then Deputy Prime Minister, Pratt was appointed Acting during his illness. Obviously, the biography posted on the government’s website contains a number of inaccuracies that no one has tried to correct. This may be a small thing, but when we report we must be factual and accurate.



September, 2023.


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