On 7 January 1964 The Bahamas received its first written constitution, in which Bahamians were granted virtually full control over their internal affairs, with the British Governor retaining responsibility for external affairs, defence and internal security. Cabinet government was introduced for the first time.
A most significant change occurred in 1969 with a new constitution whereby the British Government agreed to entrust matters dealing with internal security and external affairs to the Bahamas Government.
The final constitutional change was consummated on 20 June 1973 when the British Parliament enacted the Bahamas Independence Order 1973 granting The Bahamas full independence. On 10 July 1973, the Commonwealth of The Bahamas became a sovereign independent state, and chose to remain a member of the Commonwealth. Today it remains a member of the Commonwealth, the United Nations, the Caribbean Community, and the Organization of American States.
The most recent general elections were held on 10th May 2017, which saw the election to government of the Free National Movement (FNM) under the leadership of the Most Honourable Dr. Hubert A. Minnis ON MP, who was sworn in on 11th May 2017 as the Nation’s sixth Prime Minister.
The Order of precedence and portfolios for the Cabinet Ministers are as follows:
The Most Honourable Dr. Hubert Alexander Minnis, ON MP
The Honourable Kevin Peter Turnquest, M.P.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance
Senator the Honourable Carl Wilshire Bethel, QC
Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs
The Honourable Desmond Thomas Bannister, M.P.
Minister of Public Works
The Honourable Renward Ricardo Wells, M.P.
Minister of Transport and Local Government
The Honourable Jeffrey Leonard Lloyd, M.P.
Minister of Education
The Honourable Dr. Duane Ernest Lascelles Sands, M.P.
Minister of Health
The Honourable Marvin Hanlon Dames, M.P.
Minister of National Security
The Honourable Frankie Alfred Campbell, M.P.
Minister of Social Services and Urban Development
The Honourable Dionisio James D’Aguillar, M.P.
Minister of Tourism and Aviation
The Honourable Michael Clifton Pintard, M.P.
Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources
The Honourable Darren Allen Henfield, M.P.
Minister of Foreign Affairs
The Honourable Romauld Sotario Ferreira, M.P.
Minister of Environment and Housing
The Honourable Brensil Dennis Rolle, M.P.
Minister for the Public Service and National Insurance
The Honourable Lanisha Tamar Rolle, M.P.
Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture
The Honourable Ellsworth Nathaniel Johnson, M.P.
Minister of Financial Services, Trade and Industry and Immigration
The Honourable Iram Dewitt Lewis, MP
Minister of State for Disaster Preparedness, Management and Reconstruction
in the Office of The Prime Minister
Senator the Honourable Dion Alexander Foulkes
Minister of Labour
Senator the Honourable James Kwasi Malik Thompson
Minister of State for Grand Bahama in the Office of the Prime Minister
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