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Yearbook 1997

Bahamas. At the February parliamentary elections, the ruling Free National Movement (FNM) won a landslide victory. The party received 57% of the vote and 34 of the 40 seats in Parliament's second chamber. As a result, the incumbent Prime Minister Hubert A. Ingraham was sworn in for a second term in office on March 18.

The victory for FNM was mainly attributed to a successful economic situation for the country. Furthermore, the government had introduced a number of very popular measures such as minimum wages, greater decentralization of government power and the right of foreign men to work in the country immediately after they married domestic women.

According to Countryaah, the parliamentary elections also resulted in the resignation of Lynden Pindling, leader of the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) and former prime minister. Pindling had been prime minister for 25 years until the PLP election loss in 1992. He was succeeded as party leader by Perry Christie.

1997 Bahamas

Tourism plays a key role in the country and accounts for half of the country's employment. Tourist revenues account for 60% of the country's GDP. 5.8 million tourists visited the country in 2012. 70% of these with cruise ships.

Violence is rising rapidly in the country as a result of high unemployment, the country's position as a transit country for drugs from Latin America and a weak judicial system. In the first 9 months of 2015, 110 were killed. A 25% increase over the same period the year before.

In June 2016, the population voted no in a referendum on constitutional amendments that would have led to greater gender equality in the issue of citizenship. The existing legislation laid down very different rules for men and women in terms of how citizenship was inherited for the children.

The May 2017 parliamentary election was a staggering defeat for the reigning liberal populist PLP, which lost 25 seats and had to settle for 4. The winner became the conservative populist FNM who went ahead 26 seats and gained 35th FNM President, Hubert Minnis could then take over the government. The fact that the PLP went so badly in the election was partly because Prime Minister Perry Christie at the start of the election campaign said that "even God could not stop him". It got a blasphemous sound in the religious land. Partly that the opposition carried out a campaign against the government party, which it accused of corruption - without really having any evidence.

While Category 5 Hurricane Irma caused enormous damage further south in the Caribbean and further west in Florida, the damage was limited in the Bahamas. On the other hand, the hurricane was so powerful that it sucked the water away from the coasts around the islands, so that one day the sea was exposed the next day.

 

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