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PLP wins Abaco

Prime Minister Perry Christie's Progressive Liberal Party added to its parliamentary majority by winning a by-election in his former rival's district. 

Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Wednesday, October 17, 2012

NASSAU, Bahamas (Associated Press) — Bahamian Prime Minister Perry Christie’s party added to its big parliamentary majority by easily winning a byelection in his former rival’s district.

Election officials said Tuesday that preliminary results show that Renardo Curry of Christie’s Progressive Liberal Party dominated the contest on Abaco island.

The Monday byelection fills the seat of former Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham. He held it for 35 years, but stepped down earlier this year after Christie’s party swept his Free National Movement from power.

Christie described it as a “magnificent win.”

While Ingraham conceded defeat on behalf of his party, he has also alleged that the ruling party “intimidated” voters. He is offering no specifics, however.

Christie has dismissed Ingraham’s accusations as “absolute stupidity.”

Christie’s party now controls 30 of the 38 parliamentary seats.

Expert panel warns that the global trend is towards full transparency and that offshore jurisdictions such as The Bahamas must be "faster and better" than the rest to maintain market share.

A new international terminal has opened at the largest airport in The Bahamas as part of a $409-million redevelopment project.

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