Perry Christie

The Rt.

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The Rt. Hon. Perry Gladstone Christie, PC, MP (born 21 August 1943), is a Bahamian politician who has served as Prime Minister of the Bahamas since May 2012; previously he was Prime Minister from 2002 to 2007. He is also a former athlete.

Career

Christie's party, the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP), was defeated in the May 2007 general election, taking 18 seats against 23 for the Free National Movement (FNM), and Christie conceded defeat in a phone call to FNM leader Hubert Ingraham.[1] After the new FNM government was sworn in, Christie was sworn in as leader of the Official Opposition.[2]

In November 2009, Christie was overwhelmingly returned as Leader of the PLP at its Annual General Convention, garnering more than 80% of the vote over Dr. Bernard Nottage. Mr. Christie has brought programmes like National Health Insurance, Urban Renewal, Mortgage Relief Program and advances to constitutional reform in fixed election dates and campaign reform.

Christie was re-elected as Prime Minister of the Bahamas on 7 May 2012.

References

  1. "Bahamas government ousted in poll", BBC News, 3 May 2007.
  2. Stephen Gay, "Christie Sworn In As Leader of Official Opposition; Appeals For National Healing", The Bahama Journal, 9 May 2007.