Progressive Liberal Party
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Progressive Liberal Party

Progressive Liberal Party
Party LeaderPhilip "Brave" Davis
Deputy LeaderChester Cooper
Founded1953; 66 years ago (1953)
HeadquartersFarrington Road, N. 547
P.O. Box, Nassau
Youth wingProgressive Young Liberals
IdeologySocial liberalism
Political positionCentre-left
International affiliationNone
Colours          Gold and Dark blue
Slogan"Forward Together Bahamians"
House of Assembly
Party flag
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The Progressive Liberal Party (abbreviated PLP) is a populist and social liberal party in the Bahamas. The PLP lies on the centre-left of the political spectrum. Philip "Brave" Davis is the leader of the party after Perry Christie lost his bid for re-election as a representative in the 2017 election.


The PLP was founded in 1953 by William Cartwright, Cyril Stevenson, and Henry Milton Taylor.[1][2] The PLP was the first national political party in the Bahamas.[1]

The party governed for 30 years, from 1967 to 1992 and again from 2002 to 2007. Leading the party to its first victory in 1967 was Lynden Pindling, the country's first Prime Minister.

Perry Christie was Prime Minister of the Bahamas between May 2, 2002 and the 2007 general elections when the party was defeated by the rival Free National Movement (FNM) which won 23 seats. The FNM installed leader Hubert Ingraham as the Prime Minister. After defeat and one of its MPs leaving the party since, the PLP held 17 of the 41 seats in the Bahamas National Assembly.

In the 2012 general election,[3] the Progressive Liberals won a solid majority in a landslide election victory, taking 29 of the 38 seats in parliament.[4] Christie was sworn into office on 8 May 2012.[4]

Hubert Ingraham announced his retirement from politics following the defeat of his party.[4] This was the first general election in which the Democratic National Alliance, a third party offered a full slate of candidates along with the two major parties;[5] however, the DNA lost the only seat it held in the prior parliament (that of Branville McCartney, its founder and only MP) and elected no candidates. Elections in the Bahamas take place in the framework of a parliamentary democracy, which relies on the first-past-the-post system of voting.

Electoral results

Election Votes % Seats +/- Position Government
1962 32,261 43.9
Steady 8 Steady 2nd Opposition
1967 19,408 45.0
Increase 10 Increase 1st Minority
1968 29,156 62.8
Increase 11 Steady 1st Majority
1972 28,599 57.9
Steady 0 Steady 1st Majority
1977 35,090 54.7
Increase 1 Steady 1st Majority
1982 42,995 56.9
Increase 2 Steady 1st Majority
1987 48,339 53.5
Decrease 1 Steady 1st Majority
1992 50,258 44.7
Decrease 15 Decrease 2nd Opposition
1997 49,932 41.9
Decrease 11 Steady 2nd Opposition
2002 66,901 51.8
Increase 24 Increase 1st Majority
2007 64,637 47.0
Decrease 11 Decrease 2nd Opposition
2012 75,815 48.6
Increase 11 Increase 1st Majority
2017 59,164 37.0
Decrease 25 Decrease 2nd Opposition


  1. ^ a b Nixon, Celeste (8 June 2012). "PLP Founder Cartwright Dies". Bahamas Tribune. Retrieved 2012.
  2. ^ Jones Jr., Royston (8 June 2012). "PLP Co-founder William Cartwright Dies at 89". Nassau Guardian. Retrieved 2012.
  3. ^ "Electoral Calendar - international elections world elections". Retrieved 2011.
  4. ^ a b c Charles, Jacqueline (8 May 2012). "Bahamas swears in new leader as ex-prime minister calls it quits". Miami Herald. Retrieved 2012.
  5. ^ Popescu, Yasmin. "McCartney and DNA makes political history" Archived 2012-05-03 at the Wayback Machine, The Freeport News, 25 April 2012.

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