Bahamas’ First Female Opposition Leader Picks Rival Party Leader For Senate

Radical changes are emerging on the political scene in the Bahamas as the country’s first female Opposition Leader Loretta Butler-Turner gets down to business after her official appointment by Governor General Dame Marguerite Pindling.

Butler–Turner, who declared that democracy was about “cooperation in the pursuit of a common good” at her swearing-in ceremony on Sunday, has formed an alliance with the minority opposition Democratic National Alliance (DNA).

In an unprecedented move, she named political rival Branville McCartney, the DNA leader, as the Leader of Opposition Business in the Senate.

Butler-Turner has insisted that she and the other six Free National Movement (FNM) MPs who last week wrote a letter to Dame Marguerite indicating they no longer had confidence in then Opposition Leader Dr. Hubert Minnis, have not joined the DNA.

She said the two sides are working together for the joint purpose of getting the ruling Progressive Labour Party (PLP) out of power.

“We will be collaborating on every piece of legislation as we move forward to ensure that we are able to keep the PLP’s foot to the fire and to make sure that they are transparent and accountable to the Bahamian people,” Butler-Turner said, as she described McCartney as a man of experience.

For his part, McCartney signaled he was ready to work with the FNM to build a better Bahamas, but he nor Butler-Turner offered any further details on how the new alliance would work.


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