Bahamian general election, 2017

Bahamian general election, 2017

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All 39 seats of the Bahamian House of Assembly
20 seats needed for a majority
 First partySecond party
 Hubert Minnis 2016.jpgPerry Christie 2013 (cropped).jpg
LeaderHubert MinnisPerry Christie
PartyFNMPLP
Leader's seatKillarneyCenterville
(defeated)
Last election9 seats29 seats
Seats won354
Seat changeIncrease 26Decrease 25

Bahamas general election 2017 - Results by Constituency.svg
Popular vote by constituency. As this is an FPTP election, seat totals are not determined by popular vote, but instead via results by each riding. Click the map for more details.

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 then elected 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 2012–17 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, while Andre Rollins and Renward Wells defected to the FNM, bringing the PLP's total down to 27 seats.[4]