Bahamas Opposition Leader, Deputy Leader Returned Unopposed at PLP Convention

Philip “Brave” Davis, leader of the Opposition Progressive Liberal Party (PLP), and Deputy Leader Chester Cooper were returned to those two top leadership positions without opposition last week at the PLP’s national convention at the Melia Nassau Beach Resort in Nassau.

With the top posts sealed, all eyes will be on the race for chairman of the party, which was contested by Sen. Fred Mitchell, former minister of foreign affairs, and former Tourism Minister Obie Wilchcombe when delegates voted on July 26. Mitchell, who had strong support from both Davis and Cooper, won by a landslide, receiving 802 votes compared to 338 votes for Wilchcombe.

Speaking on the final night of the convention, Davis said the party’s parliamentary caucus intends to move a vote of no confidence against Prime Minister Hubert Minnis in connection with a controversial Town Centre Mall lease agreement.

“A prime minister with a conscience would resign,” Davis told PLP supporters as he addressed the Town Centre Mall lease agreement matter, the Nassau Guardian reported. “A prime minister who cared about trust and good governance would resign. … So tonight, I want to announce that I will be working with our parliamentary group on a no-confidence motion that we intend to introduce in the House of Assembly at the earliest opportunity.”

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