Democratic National Alliance (Bahamas)

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Aftermath of 2012[edit]

The DNA, often referred to as the Alliance is considered the Bahamas's fastest growing party. In surveys done by Public Domain Polling in 2014, it was found that DNA leader Branville McCartney was the most well liked Bahamian political figure.

Senate Appointment[edit]

In December, 2016, seven of the ten FNM House Members executed a vote of no confidence in then Opposition Leader, Hubert Minnis. The seven members, were disdainfully called "rebels" by Minnis, who still leads the FNM as a political party. After the seven members wrote a letter to the Governor General on the matter, Long Island House Member Loretta Butler-Turner was named the new Opposition Leader. This is the first time that a no-confidence vote has been staged in the Bahamas −either against a Prime Minister or Opposition Leader.[1] It also marks the first time that a woman, a Long Islander, or a person not leading the political party of which they are a member, is charged to be Leader of the Opposition. Subsequent to her naming as Leader of the Official Opposition, FNM House Member, Loretta Butler-Turner, named DNA leader Branville McCartney as Leader of Opposition Business in the Bahamas Senate. This is the first time in which the DNA has been named to the upper chamber, and is the first time in which a politician from one party has appointed a member of a contrary party to sit in the Bahamas Senate.[2] Both Turner and McCartney, in a joint DNA-FNM Press Conference, affirmed that uniting the opposition was the best plan for outdoing the PLP in the impending elections scheduled for 2017. This comes months after discussions between opposition parties over coalition formation in advance of the 2017 elections.

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