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Collie: FNM sought replacement only after Key said he was retiring

THE Free National Movement only began seeking a new candidate for the Central and South Abaco constituency after area MP Edison Key informed the organisation that he would not be seeking another nomination because he was retiring from front line politics, party Chairman Sidney Collie said yesterday.

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Watson: No party has advantage ahead of election

THE 2017 general election will be a measure of pitch-perfect campaigns rather than base support or popularity, according to former Deputy Prime Minister Frank Watson, who yesterday projected that no political party held any “real” advantage going into the polls.

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Too little, too late, warns DNA leader over probe into BPL

DESPITE Prime Minister Perry Christie’s recent pronouncements that he plans to launch a probe into Bahamas Power and Light’s inability to provide uninterrupted electricity supply to consumers, Democratic National Alliance Leader Branville McCartney has issued a staunch rebuke of the move, calling it “too little, too late”.

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‘What’s the BPL business plan?’ demands FNM Deputy Leader

FREE National Movement Deputy Leader Peter Turnquest urged the government to fully disclose its agreement with American company PowerSecure and to publicly detail the $900,000 business plan it drafted amid fierce criticism sparked by Bahamas Power and Light’s failure to provide steady electricity supply.

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Island Luck boss denies PLP has asked him to run in North Andros

ISLAND Luck CEO Sebas Bastian yesterday said it is “100 per cent false” that he has requested Prime Minister Perry Christie to nominate him as the Progressive Liberal Party’s candidate for North Andros, maintaining that he can be a “greater benefit” to the Bahamas by “remaining in the private sector”.

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‘Disappointment’ behind Key criticism of FNM leader

THE Central and South Abaco Free National Movement Constituency Association yesterday attributed area MP Edison Key’s criticism of FNM Leader Dr Hubert Minnis to “disappointment” that he will not be the party’s candidate for the 2017 general election.

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BPL chief asks for ‘patience’

BAHAMAS Power and Light CEO Pamela Hill yesterday asked the public for “patience” as the utility provider begins “much needed” upgrades and “investments” in its system.

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PM orders probe into blackouts

PRIME Minister Perry Christie yesterday bemoaned Bahamas Power and Light’s inability to provide uninterrupted electricity supply to the island, telling The Tribune he was not only “distressed” by the outages, but that he ordered a probe to uncover the root cause of the most recent island-wide power cut.

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Transparency and accountability key in National Development Plan

THE potentially seminal National Development Plan will urge the government to prioritise enhancing transparency and accountability in its operations, the latest in a long line of official plans and reports that have encouraged such reforms even as successive governments prove slow to adopt them.

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Roberts: Ex-cop ‘has offered nothing new’

PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party (PLP) Chairman Bradley Roberts yesterday claimed that former Deputy Commissioner of Police Marvin Dames has offered nothing new to the Bahamian public since becoming the Free National Movement’s (FNM) “in-house crime expert”.

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Lowest turnout for election is predicted

POLITICAL analyst Dr Ian Strachan believes the country may experience its lowest voter turnout in history for the upcoming general election due to lack of faith in the current political system and “weak” alternatives to the current administration.

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Butler-Turner suspicious of Baha Mar jobs timing

FREE National Movement (FNM) Shadow Minister of Labour Loretta Butler-Turner yesterday said she found it “highly suspect” that Prime Minister Perry Christie announced that 1,500 people will be hired to work at the stalled Baha Mar resort in the height of election season.

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FNM set to ratify Family Island candidates

THE Free National Movement (FNM) is nearing the completion of its 2017 general election campaign lineup, with party Chairman Sidney Collie telling The Tribune on Friday that the organisation expects to ratify several Family Island candidates in the coming weeks.

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Dames: Multi-faceted plan needed on crime

FORMER Deputy Commissioner of Police Marvin Dames believes the government has been unable to control violent crime in the country because it is lacking a strategic plan that involves a multifaceted approach to the problem.

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Turnquest: Strange end to Deputy PM robbery case

FREE National Movement Deputy Leader Peter Turnquest yesterday said it is “very unusual” and “curiously strange” that the attorney general would discontinue prosecuting the two men who were accused of robbing Deputy Prime Minister Phillip Brave Davis at a time when he was acting prime minister.

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