2017 Bahamian general election Wednesday May 10,2017
Hubert Minnis emerged as the Bahamas` next prime minister Wednesday May 10,2017 in general elections that saw incumbent Perry Christie concede defeat.
"My fellow Bahamians, the people have spoken," Minnis, a physician, said in a victory rally before thousands of supporters. "We have been given a mandate for change."
Hubert Minnis will be sworn in as prime minister on Thursday by Governor General Marguerite Pindling.
Perry Christie, leader of Progressive Liberal Party, conceded defeat in a statement in which he said he had made a congratulatory telephone call to Minnis wishing the leader of the Free National Movement success.
"I understand as perhaps few others the challenges that await Dr Minnis, and I wish him only success on behalf of our nation. He has my full support for a smooth transition," he said.
Christie, who was finishing his second non-consecutive term as prime minister, was dogged by scandals and double-digit unemployment