Worries Over Graft and Chinese Investment Shaped Voting in the Bahamas

Outgoing Bahamas Prime Minister Perry Christie at the Caribbean Energy Security Summit, Washington, Jan. 26, 2015 (AP photo by Pablo Martinez Monsivais).
Outgoing Bahamas Prime Minister Perry Christie at the Caribbean Energy Security Summit, Washington, Jan. 26, 2015 (AP photo by Pablo Martinez Monsivais).
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On May 11, Hubert Minnis, a physician and former health minister, was sworn in as prime minister of the Bahamas, having led his Free National Movement political party to victory in the May 10 general election. He replaces Perry Christie, who had served for two nonconsecutive terms. In an email interview, Larry Smith, a columnist for The Nassau Tribune who operates the Bahama Pundit blog, describes the issues that animated the campaign as well as the challenges Minnis faces now that he’s in office. WPR: What were the main issues of the campaign, and how did Hubert Minnis’s message compare […]

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