Minnis says he will not nominate for FNM leader

Free National Movement (FNM) Leader Dr. Hubert Minnis confirmed in a statement today that he will not seek reelection as party leader at the FNM’s November convention, bringing an end to speculation on the matter.

“At the end of November, the Free National Movement will hold a one-day convention to elect the Leader of the Party,” Minnis noted in a statement.

“I will not nominate for the leadership nor will I allow my name to be placed in nomination. I wish those who will contest for the leadership the very best.  

“I will continue to serve in the House of Assembly as the member of Parliament for Killarney. I again thank the constituents of Killarney for their support since 2007 and during the recent general election.”

Minnis said he will support the work of the opposition in whatever role is assigned to him.

“We remain in a deadly global pandemic,” Minnis added.

“I will continue to promote measures to save and to protect the lives and livelihoods of Bahamians, utilizing my experience in office and as a medical doctor. I will never tire in advocating for the needs of the poor, the disadvantaged and the more vulnerable in our society.

“It has been an extraordinary privilege to serve our country as prime minister and as a member of Parliament. I thank the Bahamian people and the members of the FNM for their support and encouragement. I also thank the many well-wishers for their advice, prayers and assistance.”

Nominations for FNM leader opened on October 19 and will close at 5 p.m. on November 18. 

Central Grand Bahama MP Iram Lewis is the first and only person to announce his bid for leader. 

In a statement on Wednesday, Lewis said the party’s defeat at the polls last month is a clear sign that “it is time for a change”. 

Marco City MP Michael Pintard is also reportedly considering a run for leader.

In February 2022, the party will hold a full convention where all positions will be contested.

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