Hon. Philip Davis Sworn In as New Leader of the Opposition
Authored by: Betty Vedrine
Source: Bahamas Information Services
Date: May 19, 2017


NASSAU, The Bahamas – Former Deputy Prime Minister in the Progressive Liberal Party Government, the Hon. Philip “Brave” Davis is now officially the Leader of Her Majesty’s Opposition party. Mr. Davis was presented his Letters of Appointment during a swearing-in ceremony held at Government House on Friday, May 19, 2017.


After expressing gratitude to his family, friends and the country, Mr. Davis paid homage to the former Prime Minister, the Right Hon. Perry G. Christie for his service and contributions to the country.


“I wish to take a moment to thank Mr. Christie for his hard work and dedication over these past 40 plus years,” said Mr. Davis. “He has exemplified what a true statesman is in his love for his country, and for his fellow man. He may not have been perfect, but he loves this country and did his best to help the Bahamian people.”


Mr. Davis said that following the ‘crushing’ defeat of the Progressive Liberal Party on May 10, his party would regroup with the objective of responding to where the country is, and what the electorate want in the leadership of the country.


“The Progressive Liberal Party has been the party for the people in an independent Bahamas since Majority Rule,” he said. “We cannot and will not fail the people of The Bahamas.”


Mr. Davis, representative for Cat Island, Rum Cay and San Salvador, said that measures would be taken over the upcoming weeks to strengthen the party.   He will lead the PLP in the House of Assembly when Parliament officially opens on Wednesday, May 24. The other three members of Parliament for the PLP are the Hon. Glenys Hanna Martin (Englerston), the Hon. Picewell Forbes (Mangrove Cay and South Andros) and the Hon. Chester Cooper (Exumas and Ragged Island).


Governor-General of The Bahamas, Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling presents instruments of appointment to newly-appointed Leader of the Opposition, the Hon. Philip Edward ‘Brave’ Davis. (BIS Photo/Letisha Henderson)


Newly-appointed Leader of Her Majesty’s Royal Opposition, Hon. Philip Edward ‘Brave’ Davis speaks after being sworn in during a ceremony held at Government House on Friday, May 19, 2017.   (BIS Photo/Letisha Henderson)


Pictured, l-r: Leader of the Opposition the Hon. Philip Davis and Mrs. Ann Marie Davis, Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, and Former Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie.


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