PM Douglas congratulates new Bahamian and French leaders

Prime Minister of the Bahamas, Hon. Perry Christie

BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, MAY 8TH 2012 (CUOPM) – St. Kitts and Nevis Tuesday sent congratulatory messages to the new leaders of The Bahamas and the Republic of France.

“I wish to congratulate you on your resounding victory at the polls, which has resulted in your return to high office in service of the people of the Bahamas. Your victory is a clear indication of the confidence that the electorate has placed in your leadership, which is a necessary mandate for advancing your country’s economic and social objectives,” said Prime Minister Douglas in his message to new Prime Minister of The Bahamas, Hon. Perry Christie, following Monday’s general election.

Dr. Douglas told his new Caribbean colleague that he forward to working with him “as we strive to tackle the plethora of challenges that we face at the regional, hemispheric and international levels.”

President-Elect, Francois Hollande

The St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister in congratulating the new Socialist French President-Elect, His Excellency François Hollande noted that his assumption to office comes when the world over, including the Eurozone and France continue to face a myriad of challenges – increasing debt, a slumping economy and high unemployment rates.

“You are well aware that to confront them alone, even as a large country, presents an insurmountable feat. Together, however, all of us combined can work hand in hand to solve and minimize the effects of these all too common international perils,” Dr. Douglas told Hollande,

He said that the French people have demonstrated their confidence in Hollande’s leadership capabilities, especially in creating “a pragmatic solution” to stimulate the economy.

“St. Kitts and Nevis and France have long enjoyed very friendly relations and I am confident that during your tenure, in addition to the national and regional focus, you will seek to extend your reach further afield to Latin America and the Caribbean, including our Federation where some early French settlers once considered home,” said Prime Minister Douglas.

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