CARICOM Secretary-General, Dr. Carla Barnett, has congratulated the newly elected Prime Minister of The Bahamas, Mr. Phillip Davis, and his Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) on their resounding victory in the General Elections of 16 September 2021.
The Secretary-General said she looks forward to welcoming the new Prime Minister as he takes his place within the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community.
The full congratulatory message from the Secretary-General reads:
On behalf of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), I offer my sincere congratulations to you and the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) on your resounding victory in the General Elections held in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas on 16 September.
I also congratulate you on your election as the Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.
The overwhelming victory of your Party indicates that the people of The Bahamas have every confidence that your leadership and the policies outlined by the PLP would guide them on a path to progress. I also congratulate the people of The Bahamas for exercising their franchise, despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
I look forward to welcoming you, Prime Minister, as you take your place within the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community.
You can be assured, Prime Minister, of the support of the CARICOM Secretariat and the Community during your term of office.”
Former Bahamian Prime Minister Hubert Minnis lost the September 16th elections to Phillip in a country which was reeling from a surge in COVID-19 cases and slump in the tourism-dependent economy due to the pandemic.
Minnis, the leader of the Free National Movement (FNM) party, had been hoping to become the first prime minister in 24 years to win a second five-year term.