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By Pierre V.L. Dupuch
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Former Member of Parliament Pierre Dupuch Explains The Bahamas Parliamentary System.
The formation of the Bahamian Government is fashioned around the British Westminster System – with several variations. The Bahamian Constitution calls for a party system where the Leader of the Party which has the majority of seats in the House of Assembly is called by the Governor General to be the Prime Minister.
On the other hand, under the British system, the member of Parliament who has the majority of votes in Parliament is called to be Prime Minister.
For a strong country, we must have both a strong governing party and a strong opposition. Without both, neither can or will perform for the good of the country. This is true whether the governing party is the PLP, FNM or DNA.
Each Party, in convention or at a national council meeting, votes for its leader who, if the party wins, will be the next Prime Minister.
In the case of the FNM, history appears to be repeating itself. Every time it is on the eve of victory, it shoots itself in the foot. I saw it happen in both the 1977 and 1987 elections with Sir Cecil Wallace-Whitfield. History is repeating itself with Dr. Hubert Minnis.
In Convention, where all members of the Party vote for its Leader, Dr. Minnis was elected as Leader. At the time, the media predicted that Loretta Butler-Turner would win. She lost three to one. Rather than rallying around the winner, a small group that didn’t get their way started nipping at the heels of the winner, Dr. Hubert Minnis.