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Exuma resident calls for extra seat - and for George Smith to run for it

ONE resident of Exuma is urging Prime Minister Perry Christie and the Constituencies Commission to establish a second seat on his island, as he expressed support for former Exuma MP George Smith receiving a nomination for the area.

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Turnquest urges changes to increase voter registration

AS concerns grow over low voter registration numbers, Free National Movement Deputy Leader K Peter Turnquest has suggested a list of changes he thinks the Parliamentary Registration Department should adopt as it aims to increase registration numbers ahead of the upcoming general election.

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Call for govt to 'stay true' on freedom of information

ORGANISERS behind a Freedom of Information Act town hall meeting held last evening have implored the government to “stay true” to its promise and ensure the passage and enactment of the “critically significant” piece of legislation before leaving office.

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House likely to have at least four more seats

AS the 2017 general election draws near, the number of constituencies in New Providence and the Family Islands is expected to increase by at least four seats with the Constituencies Commission set to finalise its report by the end of the month.

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Fears that PLP convention may be as late as March

THE Progressive Liberal Party has yet to finalise a date for its national convention, nearly three weeks after postponing it, as some in the party fear the event will now be pushed back to early March amid difficulty finding available hotel dates in January and February.

Union leader calls for workers to vote in their own interests

THE idea of Bahamian workers re-electing a government that has continuously “worked against their interest” would be “beyond stupid”, Trade Union Congress (TUC) President Obie Ferguson said on Friday.

Minnis dismisses claims as sideshow

FREE National Movement Leader Dr Hubert Minnis yesterday denied being privy to an alleged “secret deal” between the FNM and Chinese officials for the agricultural development of thousands of acres of land in Abaco seven years ago, calling the claims by Agriculture Minister V Alfred Gray nothing but “excessive excuses” and “sideshow distractions.”

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Minnis: Does PM support $2.1bn proposal?

FREE National Movement (FNM) Leader Dr Hubert Minnis on Friday questioned whether Prime Minister Perry Christie supported embattled Cabinet minister V Alfred Gray’s “ill advised and ill conceived” sanctioning of a $2.1bn proposal involving agriculture and fisheries for Andros.

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PM opens office for new cellular mobile services operator

PRIME Minister Perry Christie hailed the opening of an office for the country's second cellular mobile services operator on Friday as putting "a definitive stamp" on the now liberalised communications sector.

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Symonette refuses to confirm St Anne’s run

FREE National Movement Chairman Sidney Collie and former Deputy Prime Minister Brent Symonette yesterday refused to confirm or deny that the latter is under consideration for a run in the St Anne’s constituency, amid speculation that he could make a surprise political comeback ahead of the 2017 general election.

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Sears using delay to boost leadership bid

FORMER Attorney General Alfred Sears said yesterday he is using the Progressive Liberal Party’s decision to delay its convention as an opportunity to raise “much needed funds” for his leadership campaign.

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Collie hits out at PLP after Gray admission on letter

FREE National Movement Chairman Sidney Collie yesterday fired the latest shots in the ongoing war of words surrounding that $2.1bn agri-fisheries proposal with Chinese investors, as he criticised Agriculture Minister V Alfred Gray for his admission that he had not revoked his letter authorising the Bahamas ambassador to China to discuss the plan.

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Galanis praises campaign of leadership challenger Sears

FORMER PLP MP Philip Galanis yesterday praised the leadership platform presented by former Attorney General Alfred Sears as a welcome respite from the status quo of visionless political leadership, and a return to the core values of the Progressive Liberal Party.

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Minnis a hypocrite over China deal, says Gray

AGRICULTURE Minister V Alfred Gray yesterday called Free National Movement Leader Dr Hubert Minnis a “hypocrite” over the latter’s call for him to resign over a $2.1bn agri-fisheries proposal with Chinese investors, as he accused Dr Minnis of being party to a “secret deal” between the FNM and Chinese officials for the “agricultural development” of thousands of acres of land in Abaco seven years ago.

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Wake-up call: Trump victory a warning sign, say PLP veterans

TWO veteran Progressive Liberal Party members yesterday told The Tribune that the unexpected results of the United States’ presidential election could signal a defeat at the polls for the governing party, with one insisting that the party use this as a “wake-up call” as it prepares to campaign for the impending election.