Former Free National Movement (FNM) Leader Dr. Hubert Minnis yesterday pledged to give his full support to newly elected FNM Leader Michael Pintard.
It was the first acknowledgement by Minnis since Pintard was elected leader on Saturday.
While every living leader of the FNM appeared on stage with Pintard on Saturday, after he won, Minnis was noticeably absent.
Pintard, the MP for Marco City, was elected during a one-day convention on Saturday.
He was given his instruments of appointment as leader of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition yesterday. Every FNM MP, except Minnis, was present for the service.
“I would like to congratulate the member for Marco City in his elevation to becoming the leader of this great party,” Minnis said in the House of Assembly.
“I am certain that he will do well and he will have the support of all his parliamentarians, including myself, as we continue to move forward to replace that government on that side.
“I would also like to congratulate the other two members who also ran an excellent race for the leadership, and I want to remind them that losing does not necessarily mean that they are losers.
“They are all leaders in their own right, and not many would have had the opportunity to do what they have done. So, I congratulate them on that.”
Pintard secured 297 votes to become leader of the FNM, while Central Grand Bahama MP Iram Lewis got 44 votes and East Grand Bahama MP Kwasi Thompson secured 120 votes.
Minnis led the FNM from 2017.
The convention was held after the party suffered an overwhelming defeat in the general election in September.
The party, which won 35 of the 39 seats in 2017, held onto just seven of them this year.
As he conceded defeat on election night, Minnis announced that he intended to stay on as party leader.
However, he eventually agreed to step down as leader.