The former Prime Minister Perry Christie resigned his office as Leader of the PLP on Monday 15 May with immediate effect. He said as he left the following:
“Mr. National Chairman, Fellow Councillors:
Having said what I have, I come now to this:
- I accept full responsibility for our Party’s defeat in the General Election of May 10th, 2017.
- I also accept, without reservation, that the best traditions of our democracy, no less the impulses of my own conscience and value-system, dictate that I resign as the Leader of our Party. This is the correct and only thing for me to do from both a political and moral perspective.
- I ask you all, please, to respect the finality of my decision. It is absolute and irrevocable. And it is the right thing to do.
- Accordingly, I hereby resign as the Leader of the Progressive Liberal Party with immediate effect.
And so, tonight, my beloved fellow Councillors of our great Party, I bid you farewell as your Leader. I have run my course. I have finished the race. The time has come for me to move on.
I have given my entire adult life to the service of the Bahamian people. There have been ups and downs along the way but all in all, I’ve had a good run, and helped a lot of our people along the way. I wish to God that I could have helped more but God knows that for all my faults and failings as a Leader and as a man, I tried my best to do the best that I could do for the Bahamian people, my people, the best people in whole wide world.
It is therefore with deepest love and undying gratitude that I say to you once more, thank you so much for everything that you have done for me and for our Party all through our many years together.
I pledge my support for our Party and for its future leadership. I make this pledge without equivocation.
My prayers go with you as you continue your political journey and may Almighty God continue to watch over you, and direct your steps, as you set yourselves now to the re-building of our Party under new leadership.
I love you all.
Thank you and good night.