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Bahamians to Vote in Parliamentary Elections


Bahamians are voting Wednesday in parliamentary elections that pit the ruling Progressive Liberal Party against the opposition Free National Movement.

The leader of the party that wins a majority in the 41 seat House of Assembly will serve as prime minister of the Atlantic island nation.

Incumbent Prime Minister Perry Christie of the Progressive Liberal Party campaigned on his economic record, saying his government boosted home ownership over the past five years and brought in a record $20 billion in foreign investment.

Opposition leader Hubert Ingraham says the ruling party is tainted by scandal and has called the election a "matter of trust," promising to bring accountability to the government.

Results are expected to be released several hours after polls close Wednesday.

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