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Hubert Alexander Minnis (born 17 April 1954)[1] is a Bahamian physician and politician who has served as Prime Minister of The Bahamas since 2017. Minnis is the leader of the Free National Movement, the present governing party, and the Member of Parliament for the New Providence constituency of Killarney.[2] First elected to the legislature in the 2007 election,[2] he succeeded Hubert Ingraham as party leader following the party's defeat in the 2012 election.[3]

Hubert Minnis
Hubert Minnis 2016.jpg
4th Prime Minister of the Bahamas
Assumed office
11 May 2017
Monarch Elizabeth II
Governor General Marguerite Pindling
Deputy Peter Turnquest
Preceded by Perry Christie
Personal details
Born (1954-04-17) 17 April 1954 (age 63)
Nassau, Bahamas
Political party Free National Movement
Spouse(s) Patricia Beneby
Children 3
Alma mater University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
University of the West Indies

He was dismissed from his leadership role in the FNM in December 2016, and regained the position in April 2017 after much internal conflict within the party. He became Prime Minister following the victory of his party in the general election held on 10 May 2017.[4]

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Early life, education, and early political careerEdit

Minnis was born in Bain Town, New Providence to Rosalie North and Randolph Minnis. He was educated at Our Lady's Primary School, Western Junior and St. Augustine College, Nassau and he also attended the University of Minnesota.

After obtaining his doctor of medicine degree from the University of the West Indies and MRCOG from London in 1985, he returned home and began working as a physician at the Princess Margaret Hospital where he served as a Consultant and Head of Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and also as Deputy Chief of Staff.

Minnis was president of the Medical Association of The Bahamas, member of the Medical Council, chairman of the Hotel Corporation of The Bahamas and an associate lecturer at the University of West Indies in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. He has a special interest and dedication to the promotion of Bahamian ownership in the economy and for the redevelopment of traditional Over-the-Hill communities.

Minnis was first elected to Parliament in May 2007 and was appointed to the cabinet as Minister of Health.

Personal lifeEdit

Minnis is married to Patricia Beneby and is also the father of three children.[5]

The fall and riseEdit

Leader of the Opposition: 2012–2016Edit

With only nine members in his delegation, Minnis had a rocky road ahead. His leadership was considered weak and there were several challenges to it. In December 2016, five members went to the Governor General and asked that he be removed from the helm of the FNM; although he remained as the leader of the party, Loretta Butler-Turner became the official Leader of the Opposition.

2017 general electionEdit

As the election approached, the membership of the party at large supported Minnis over the dissenters, all of whom lost their nominations. These members ran as independent candidates during the general election and lost.[6][7] [8] . Minnis and the FNM, under the slogan "It's the People's Time!", defeated the rival Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) in the general election held on May 10, 2017, winning 35 seats of 39, and Minnis became Prime Minister.

Prime MinisterEdit

Minnis was sworn in as Prime Minister on 12 May 2017 and presented his cabinet on the 15th.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ a b Smith, Dana (May 11, 2012). "Minnis Sworn In As Opposition Leader". tribune242.com. Retrieved May 11, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Bahamas' Free National Movement Names Hubert Minnis New Leader". caribjournal.com. May 10, 2012. Retrieved May 11, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Hubert Minnis Going After Bahamas PM's Job". caribbean360.com. April 18, 2017. Retrieved May 11, 2017. 
  5. ^ "PM Bahamas Hubert Minnis Biography Age Wikipedia Family Marriage Education Career". May 11, 2017. Retrieved May 11, 2017. 
  6. ^ Virgil, Khrisna (21 April 2017). "Butler-Turner out of FNM as she runs as Independent". tribune242.com. Retrieved 4 May 2017. 
  7. ^ Turnquest, Ava (December 20, 2016). "Door 'slammed shut' on FNM nomination for Butler-Turner". tribune242.com. Retrieved 4 May 2017. 
  8. ^ "Hubert Minnis going after Bahamas PM's job". caribbean360.com. 18 April 2017. Retrieved 4 May 2017. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Perry Christie
Prime Minister of the Bahamas
2017–present
Incumbent