Perry Christie

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The Right Honourable
Perry Christie
MP
Perry Christie 2013 (cropped).jpg
Prime Minister of the Bahamas
Incumbent
Assumed office
8 May 2012
Monarch Elizabeth II
Governor General Arthur Foulkes
Marguerite Pindling
Deputy Philip Davis
Preceded by Hubert Ingraham
In office
6 June 2005 – 4 May 2007
Monarch Elizabeth II
Governor General Ivy Dumont
Paul Adderley (Acting)
Arthur Dion Hanna
Deputy Cynthia Pratt
Preceded by Cynthia Pratt (Acting)
Succeeded by Hubert Ingraham
In office
3 May 2002 – 4 May 2005
Monarch Elizabeth II
Governor General Ivy Dumont
Deputy Cynthia Pratt
Preceded by Hubert Ingraham
Succeeded by Cynthia Pratt (Acting)
Personal details
Born Perry Gladstone Christie
(1943-08-21) 21 August 1943 (age 71)
Nassau, Bahamas
Political party Progressive Liberal Party
Spouse(s) Bernadette Hanna
Alma mater University of Birmingham
City Law School

Perry Gladstone Christie (born 21 August 1943), PC, MP, is a Bahamian politician who has served as Prime Minister of the Bahamas since May 2012; previously he was Prime Minister from 2002 to 2007. He is also a former athlete.

Career[edit]

Christie was a student at the Eastern Senior School in New Providence, the University Tutorial College, Inner Temple in London and the University of Birmingham (law degree with honours 1969).[1]

Christie's party, the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP), was defeated in the May 2007 general election, taking 18 seats against 23 for the Free National Movement (FNM), and Christie conceded defeat in a phone call to FNM leader Hubert Ingraham.[2] After the new FNM government was sworn in, Christie was sworn in as leader of the Official Opposition.[3][4]

In November 2009, Christie was overwhelmingly returned as Leader of the PLP at its Annual General Convention, garnering more than 80% of the vote over Dr. Bernard Nottage.

Christie was re-elected as Prime Minister of the Bahamas on 7 May 2012.

Christie ran his campaign on reducing crime (specifically murder) and The Bahamas has seen a yearly increase in murders since his inauguration.

Christie has brought programmes like National Health Insurance, Urban Renewal, Mortgage Relief Program and advances to constitutional reform in fixed election dates and campaign reform, none of which were on time, budget, or were deemed successful.

Christie also introduced Value Added Tax at a rate of 7.5%. The money raised from VAT was slated to pay off National Debt, however without a Freedom of Information Act, the trail of money is unable to be followed.

Christie recently told college students "To hell with them" in reference to the free press. In the same manner, no Freedom of Information Act has even been implemented under his reign, although while in opposition he pushed for it.

Under Christie's leadership, scandal has rocked the island nation repeatedly.

Scandals[edit]

Under Perry Christie's current (2012+) administration, several scandals have become public.

BAMSI - a dormitory at the Bahamas Agriculture Marine Science Institute (itself a controversy) burned down in January 2015 by arson in retaliation for non-payment of workers. The General Contractor did not have insurance on the project although required by contract. The dormitory rebuild will be paid for by the government at a cost almost doubling the original building cost.

Renard Wells LOI - A Letter of Intent was signed by a Junior Minister holding the government accountable to a large contract, which was not executed. No further investigation or prosecution by the government took place.

PMH Critical Care Block - the Princess Margaret Hospital was expanded under the previous administration and work was held up, contractors not paid, and the building not opened under Perry Christie's leadership. To date the facility is still not in use despite being ready since 2013.

Multiple human rights violations have been investigated under his leadership, none of which have been solved.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Hubert Ingraham
Prime Minister of the Bahamas
2002–2005
Succeeded by
Cynthia Pratt
Acting
Preceded by
Cynthia Pratt
Acting
Prime Minister of the Bahamas
2005–2007
Succeeded by
Hubert Ingraham
Preceded by
Hubert Ingraham
Prime Minister of the Bahamas
2012–present
Incumbent