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Philip ‘Brave’ Davis Sworn In as Prime Minister of the Bahamas

Following his Progressive Liberal Party’s landslide victory in the general election held in The Bahamas on Sept. 16, Philip “Brave” Davis was sworn in as that country’s fifth prime minister.

Governor-General Cornelius A. Smith presented the new Prime Minister with his instruments of appointment during a ceremony at Baha Mar on Saturday.

During his remarks, Davis thanked the Bahamian people “who turned out and voted resoundingly for change.”

“You voted with brave hearts and you voted with hearts full of hope for our country,” he said.

The Progressive Liberal Party won 32 of the 39 seats in the House of Assembly.

In remarks after being sworn in on Saturday, Sept. 18, as The Bahamas’ fifth prime minister, Davis noted that his government will partner with the Bahamian people, declaring that “no government can do great things on its own.”

“We’re going to listen. We’re going to consult widely and we’re going to bring people together,” the prime minister declared.  “This is the best way to make progress as a nation. No leader or no government should be isolated from the people.”

Davis also promised that the PLP “will govern in the interest of all Bahamians, not just the privileged few.”

“We will act in ways that rebuild trust between the government and the Bahamian people,” he declared.

Davis also promised that the PLP “will govern in the interest of all Bahamians, not just the privileged few.”

“We will act in ways that rebuild trust between the government and the Bahamian people,” he declared.

Davis noted that the new administration comes to office as Bahamians are hurting and the country faces big challenges.

“We face many crises coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said, adding that the economy “is also in decline as we face a historically high deficit and debt.”

However, Davis said his team is prepared to take on these and other challenges.

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