Election 2012


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Minnis 'failed' to reach the voters: Lightbourn backs Butler-Turner and Sands

MONTAGU MP Richard Lightbourn yesterday said that FNM Leader Dr Hubert Minnis has failed to connect with the Bahamian electorate as he endorsed Long Island MP Loretta Butler-Turner and Senator Dr Duane Sands as his choices for the party’s two top posts.

Minnis slams govt one year on from Baha Mar bankruptcy

ON the anniversary of the Baha Mar bankruptcy filing, Free National Movement Leader Dr Hubert Minnis declared that “there is no opening in sight” for the resort as he criticised the government for offering “empty rhetoric and broken promises”.

Sands: If I lose bid, my Senate future will be up to Minnis

FNM Senator Dr Duane Sands clarified yesterday that his resignation from the Senate in the event of a failed deputy leadership bid at the party’s national convention would be up to the discretion of incumbent FNM Leader Dr Hubert Minnis.

McCartney doubts FNM can recover in time for election

DEMOCRATIC National Alliance Leader Branville McCartney yesterday distanced himself from talks of a possible coalition with the Free National Movement, expressing scepticism that the embattled opposition party could recover in time for the next general election.

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Key: Loretta a troublemaker... and Rollins needs another slap

CENTRAL and South Abaco MP Edison Key launched into a blistering attack on some of his Free National Movement colleagues yesterday, branding Long Island MP Loretta Butler-Turner a “troublemaker” who will be dealt with by her constituents, adding that Ft Charlotte MP Dr Andre Rollins needed another slap from her to set him straight.

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Sands: I'll quit Senate if Minnis stays as leader

DUANE SANDS announced last night that he will resign from the Senate if Dr Hubert Minnis wins the leadership contest at next month’s Free National Movement (FNM) convention.

Butler-Turner: Failure to raise funds is down to party leader

THE FNM’s reported struggle to raise funds for its upcoming national convention could foreshadow trouble ahead for the party’s general election campaign, according to Long Island MP Loretta Butler-Turner, who placed responsibility for the matter squarely at the feet of leader Dr Hubert Minnis.

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McWeeney: Creators of constitution would do it differently if they saw how hard it was to change

CONSTITUTIONAL Commission Chairman Sean McWeeney thinks the framers of the country’s supreme law would have avoided making it so difficult to amend the document if they foresaw how challenging it would be to pursue constitutional change.

Sands stands by the timing of deputy leader announcement

FREE National Movement Senator Dr Duane Sands said yesterday that he stands by his decision to announce his plans to contest the deputy leader post at the party’s national convention next month despite criticism that the move was premature.

Judicial review amid FNM Fort Charlotte concerns

AN ORDER for a judicial review was granted yesterday against FNM Leader Dr Hubert Minnis, party Chairman Sidney Collie and FNM Secretary General Michael Foulkes over a “tainted and fraudulent” election process in the Fort Charlotte constituency, according to documents filed in the Supreme Court.

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FNM struggle to fund convention

THE Free National Movement is said to be struggling to find the hundreds of thousands of dollars needed to host next month’s convention as a debate has erupted over who is responsible for finding the funds.

Importance of freedom of information stressed during radio show

LEADING authorities on Freedom of Information (FOI) legislation were guests on radio talk show ‘Voice of the Bays’ last week to stress the role the law plays in the democratic process as the clock winds down to the July 15 deadline for public consultation.

PLP chairman hints Ingraham behind campaign against Minnis

PLP CHAIRMAN Bradley Roberts has questioned whether former Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham “orchestrated” the coup against Free National Movement Leader Dr Hubert Minnis in a bid to return to front line politics.

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Eleuthera delegate backing for Minnis over Butler-Turner

A Free National Movement insider said he recently polled Eleuthera’s delegates and found that all seven said they would support Killarney MP Dr Hubert Minnis over Long Island MP Loretta Butler-Turner in a leadership battle.

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Symonette urges 'Don't block Gang of Six'

FORMER Deputy Prime Minister Brent Symonette said yesterday that it would be a mistake for FNM Leader Dr Hubert Minnis to block the nomination of the “gang of six” MPs if he successfully defends his post at next month’s convention.