Nassau, Bahamas – The Rt. Hon. Perry Gladstone Christie is sworn-in as Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas by Governor General Sir Arthur Foulkes at Government House, Tuesday, May 8, 2012 during an Appointment Ceremony just one day after the May 7 general election.
He also served as the third Prime Minister of The Bahamas and Minister of Finance from May 2, 2002 to May 2, 2007.
Following the Oath of Office, Prime Minister Christie once again thanked the Bahamian people for expressing confidence in him.
“The voice of the people was heard yesterday with great thunder and awesome power,” the Prime Minister said. “I am humbled by the mandate that has thus been bestowed upon me.
He added, “Let me therefore say here and now, before Your Excellencies and all here assembled, and to all the people of our country that I will be true and faithful to you; that I will give the very best of myself at all times, and my colleagues and I will leave no stone unturned in our common pursuit of a better and brighter future for all of you.”
Prime Minister Christie thaned young Bahamians for their support, and said he would exert every effort to alleviate the problem of joblessness and lack of opportunities that plagues them more than any other sector of the population.
Besides Mrs Christie and their families, also in attendance were Lady Foulkes; elected Members of Parliament and their spouses; senior Government Officials; Ministers of the Gospel and supporters of the Progressive Liberal Party.
The Prime Minister said in his remarks that he has already turned his mind to the important task of forming a new government.
“The first of my ministerial appointments will be announced tomorrow (Wednesday, May 9) and my entire Cabinet will be fully assembled by Friday.
“My transition team headed by the former Attorney General Sean McWeeney, QC, is already hard at work and I propose to appoint Mr Wendell Major CMG, later today, as the new Acting Cabinet Secretary,” Prime Minister Christie said.
“I promised to hit the ground running and I have done so. Be assured that the days and months ahead, you will witness the steady and systematic fulfilment of all that we have promised.
“There are many barriers, and may the great people of our country assist us as we now set upon the urgent task of making our country safe and prosperous for all its people,” the Prime Minister said.