After he was sworn in as The Bahamas’ fifth prime minister during a private ceremony yesterday, Philip Brave Davis received his instruments of appointment this morning during a ceremony at Baha Mar.
Governor General Sir Cornelius A. Smith presented Davis with the instruments.
During his remarks, Davis thanked the Bahamian people “who turned out and voted resoundingly for change”.
“You voted with brave hearts and you voted with hearts full of hope for our country,” he said.
The Progressive Liberal Party secured a landslide victory on Thursday, securing at least 30 of the 39 seats.
Davis pledged that his government will partner with the Bahamian people.
“No government can do great things on its own,” the prime minister said.
“…We’re going to listen. We’re going to consult widely and we’re going to bring people together. This is the best way to make progress as a nation. No leader or no government should be isolated from the people.
“I also wish to lift the veil of secrecy of which has gone before us, so that all of the arrangements under which we have to live are transparent and those who offered them are accountable.
“We will govern in the interest of all Bahamians, not just the privileged few.
“We will act in ways that rebuild trust between the government and the Bahamian people.
“We will uphold the constitution and the rule of law and ensure that everyone is treated fairly… There is much work to be done, but I know that by working together we can succeed and build the kind of prosperous independent Bahamas that our founding fathers dreamed for us.”
Davis noted that the new administration comes to office as Bahamians are hurting and the country faces big challenges.
“We face many crises coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said. “Tragic numbers of our people are becoming ill and dying. Our hospitals are in a state of collapse.
“…The economy is also in decline as we face an historically high deficit and debt. The news of the downgrade yesterday underscores the severity of the fiscal crisis and the urgency of moving quickly to address it.”
Davis said he team is prepared to take on these and other challenges.
As he presented the instruments of appointment to Davis, Sir Cornelius wished the prime minister well.
“The people of The Bahamas have spoken,” Sir Cornelius said. “They have spoken loudly and clearly. They have chosen Prime Minister Davis and his party to run the ship… for the next five years.”
He congratulated Bahamians everywhere and called on Bahamians to recognize that there is only one Bahamas.
“There is no FNM Bahamas. There is no PLP Bahamas. There is one Bahamas and our responsibility now is to ensure that we become united so that that one Bahamas we have, we can ensure that it becomes a better Bahamas.”
Turning to Davis, he added, “My only prayer and wish for you first of all, is that you have success, that my government in all deliberation have success and that the Almighty God continues to faithfully bless our country.”
PLP Deputy Leader Chester Cooper will be sworn in as the deputy prime minister later today.