Bahamas ruling party voted out

Prime Minister Perry Christie’s Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) conceded defeat last night, after suffering a crushing general election loss.

The PLP failed to secure a second consecutive term in office.

With exit polls last night projecting a major win for the opposition Free National Movement of Dr Hubert Minnis and the official count still in progress, the PLP, which lost all five seats on Grand Bahama, wasted no time in accepting the will of the electorate.

Christie issued  a statement to the media indicating that he had called  Dr Hubert Minnis  to congratulate him on his party’s victory.

“I understand as perhaps few others the challenges that await Dr Minnis and I wish him only success on behalf of our nation. He has my full support for a full transition,” Christie said.

Thousands of  jubilant FNM supporters, decked out in the party’s colour of red, gathered in the capital following word of the party’s victory at the polls.

The PLP and the FNM have dominated political life in the Bahamas since it won independence from Britain in 1973.