Bahamas

Progressive Liberal Party


Published 25th April, 2012

The Progressive Liberal Party was founded in 1953 as a proponent of independence with a desrie to overturn White economic dominance in the islands. It describes itself as left of centre and believes in Populism and Social Liberalism.

The party first came to power in 1967 under the leadership of Lynden O. Pindling and then won five more general elections in a row meaning that they were in power from 1967 until 1992, a period of twenty-five years.

During that period the party took the country to independence in 1973.

In 1992 the party lost the general election following allegations that the prime minister had links with Colombian drugs barons. Having fallen from 31 seats to 16 seats in 1992, the party fell further in 1997 to just five seats.

Five years later they had bounced back and took 29 of the 40 seats in the House of Assembly. Perry Christie, their leader, became the new prime minister.

Following a difficult period where they were under constant attack as well as the Anna Nicole Smith scandal the party lost the 2007 election, but only just by taking 18 of the 41 seats in the House of Assembly.


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