Bahamian general election, 2017

Bahamian general election, 2017
The Bahamas
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All 39 seats of the Bahamian House of Assembly
20 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party
  Hubert Minnis 2016.jpg Perry Christie 2013 (cropped).jpg
Leader Hubert Minnis Perry Christie
Party FNM PLP
Leader's seat Killarney Centerville
(defeated)
Last election 9 seats 29 seats
Seats won 35 4
Seat change Increase 26 Decrease 25

Prime Minister before election

Perry Christie
PLP

Elected Prime Minister

Hubert Minnis
FNM

General elections were held in the Bahamas on 10 May 2017. [1] The elected members of the House of Assembly will elect the Prime Minister.

The result was a victory for the opposition Free National Movement led by Hubert Minnis, which defeated the ruling Progressive Liberal Party led by Prime Minister Perry Christie.

Background

The Free National Movement (FNM) defeated the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) in the 2007 general elections amid a scandal involving the residency status of model and reality television star Anna Nicole Smith and allegations that the PLP's immigration minister had fast-tracked her application to live in the islands. [2]

The composition of the House of Assembly changed during the 2012–2017 term. Former Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham resigned as the leader of the FNM [3] following the party's loss in the 2012 polls and also resigned his parliamentary seat, forcing a by-election in the North Abaco constituency. This resulted in the PLP winning the seat and increasing their total to 30. Subsequently, the PLP lost three seats; Greg Moss left the party to form the United Democratic Party in 2015, whilst Andre Rollins and Renward Wells defected to the FNM, bringing the PLP's total down to 27 seats. [4]