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The Bahamas In Transition #10
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The Bahamas In Transition #10

Majority Rule

The victory at the polls in 1967 by the Progressive Liberal Party, came after years of being regulated to second class citizen. There was joy and appreciation by the natives of the Bahamas. But the Pindling administration was not satisfied with that victory, it wasn't decisive enough, so in 1968 a snap election resulted in a crushing victory, where they captured 28 of the 38 seats in the House of Assembly.

All policies that related to the colour bar, that prevented a man of colour from eating at restaurants on Bay Street came to an end. Banks Officials would have to hire black employees, not only as domestic cleaners or gardeners, but in other clerical and senior positions, once qualified. And if qualified Bahamians were bypass, while the bank applies for foreigners to fill the vacancy, the immigration Department will not grant them a work permit.

In 1969 a constitutional change, for full internal government at a conference in London. .

In 1970 eight members of the Progressive Liberal Party, tried to remove their leader Lynden Pindling, because they lost confidence in his ability to lead. A vote of no confidence initiated , and the Prime Minister won, as a result of this, the eight resign for acting contrary to the interest of the party.

This reduced the PLP advantage to 20 members. The suspended members formed the Free Progressive Movement, which included members from the United Bahamian Party and the National Democratic Party.

The government began to invest heavily in the promotions of tourism, advertising in many U.S. cities, trying to bring tourist to the Bahamas. They also launch a tourist magazine, depicting comic characters geared to teach the Bahamian people how to become friendly and hospitable to our visitors.

Schools constructed, in New Providence and some of the Family islands, to accommodate the exploding population growth. Teachers hired from England and Caribbean countries to help, with the severe shortage of qualified Bahamian Teachers.

In the 1972 general election the PLP got 28 seats and the Free National Party under the leadership of Cecil Wallace Whitfield won 10 seats. After this election the governing party wanted to carry the Bahamas to Independence. This caused a split in the already weak opposition.

Some of the former United Behamian Party members who had joined up with the Free National Movement, were against the independence program of the PLP; they wanted to stay under British rule, so they resign from the Free National Movement, making an already weak party much weaker.


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You know its been quite some time since I have been to the Bahamas. Need to get back there. Last trip was to St. Lucia and Martinique in the West Indes.

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  about 1 decade ago

Hello David, thanks for your comment, your trip to the Bahamas is long overdue, when you decides to visit again, let me know.

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