Bahamian governor-general steps down
NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) -- The governor-general of the Bahamas stepped
down Tuesday after almost seven years in office, deciding to leave his post to
make way for his son's political career.
Governor-General Sir Orville Turnquest, appointed early in 1995, was replaced
Ivy Dumont in a ceremony Tuesday morning at Parliament Square in downtown
Nassau. About 300 people attended.
Dumont, the first woman governor-general, will hold the post until a permanent
appointment is made.
The governor-general, appointed by the prime minister, has a largely ceremonial
role representing the British monarch in the Bahamas, part of the British
Commonwealth of former colonies and dependencies. The Bahamas, an
island-chain in the Atlantic, gained independence from Britain in 1973.
Turnquest's son, Tommy, is minister of tourism and earlier this year was
lead the governing Free National Movement. He replaced Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham, who has said he will resign from the party's leadership during the next
general elections, which must be held by April 2002.
If the Free National Movement wins the elections and Tommy Turnquest wins
district, he would be the nation's next prime minister.
Orville Turnquest announced earlier this year that he would leave office
to avoid the
possibility that he and his son would hold the government's two top posts.
Copyright 2001 The Associated Press.