Arinthia Komolafe became leader of the Democratic National Alliance (DNA) on Friday, becoming the first woman to head the political party.
Komolafe won the position over Kendal Smith on Friday evening when the DNA gathered in the Courtyard by Marriott for its 2019 convention to elect candidates for various positions.
Along with Komolafe, Buscheme Armbrister was elected deputy leader and Omar Smith was elected chairman.
The DNA was founded in 2011 by former Free National Movement (FNM) Bamboo Town MP Branville McCartney.
Led by McCartney, the party ran in the 2012 general election, garnering just over 13,000 votes, about eight percent of the electoral votes.
At that time, Komolafe was elected as the chairperson of the New Providence Women’s Branch of the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP).
The party ran again in the 2017 general election, this time garnering just over 7,000 votes, which counted for about four percent of the electoral votes.
Komolafe ran for the DNA in the Killarney constituency in the 2017 election along with Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis and the PLP’s Reneika Knowles.
Minnis won in a landslide.
McCartney resigned after the 2017 election and was succeeded by Interim Leader Chris Mortimer, who chose not to defend his leadership position during Friday’s convention.
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