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Minnis cries foul ahead of leadership race against Pintard

Former Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis' campaign team is crying foul ahead of the Free National Movement's (FNM) leadership convention, scheduled for Saturday. Minnis, who is vying to reclaim the party's top position, faces current FNM leader Michael Pintard in a contest marred by accusations of procedural unfairness.


During a meeting with party leadership last week, Minnis' team raised concerns about the timing and conduct of constituency association officer elections. They highlighted that these elections were organized and supervised by the party leader and chairman after the Central Council ratified the convention date and closed official nominations.


However, party insiders argue that Minnis' allegations are driven by fear of an impending defeat. Pintard has garnered significant support from prominent FNM members, including several former ministers from Minnis' cabinet.


Observers suggest that Minnis, aware of Pintard's strong backing, is attempting to preemptively discredit the election process.

Minnis' tenure as Prime Minister, from 2017 to 2021, was marked by the controversial handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian, which saw bodies of storm victims stored in an outside cooler for an extended period before a mass burial that families could not attend.


These incidents have contributed to his reputation as the least popular Prime Minister in Bahamian history. The FNM suffered a crushing defeat in the 2021 general election, leading Minnis to step down as leader.


Despite his unpopularity, Minnis has remained a disruptive force within the party, frequently undermining Pintard's leadership.

In announcing his bid for re-election, Minnis cited "unfinished business" and a desire to accomplish more. Critics, however, question the rationale behind calling the 2021 general election eight months early if his agenda remained incomplete. Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis' campaign team is crying foul ahead of the Free National Movement's (FNM) leadership convention, scheduled for Saturday. Minnis, who is vying to reclaim the party's top position, faces current FNM leader Michael Pintard in a contest marred by accusations of procedural unfairness.



In announcing his bid for re-election, Minnis cited "unfinished business" and a desire to accomplish more. Critics, however, question the rationale behind calling the 2021 general election eight months early if his agenda remained incomplete.

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