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The Bahamas Independence Order 1973

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6.—(1) The person who immediately before the appointed day holds the office of Prime Minister under the existing Order shall, as from the appointed day, hold office as Prime Minister as if he had been appointed thereto under Article 73(1) of the Constitution.

(2) The persons (other than the Prime Minister) who immediately before the appointed day hold office as Ministers under the existing Order shall, as from the appointed day, hold the like offices as if they had been appointed thereto under Article 73(2) of the Constitution.

(3) Any person holding the office of Prime Minister or other Minister by virtue of subsection (1) or (2) of this section who immediately before the appointed day was charged with responsibility for any matter or department of government shall, as from the appointed day, be deemed to have been charged with responsibility for the corresponding business or administration of the corresponding department of the Government under Article 77 of the Constitution.

(4) The persons who immediately before the appointed day hold office as Parliamentary Secretaries under the existing Order shall, as from the appointed day, hold the like offices as if they had been appointed thereto under Article 81(1) of the Constitution.

(5) Any person who holds office as Prime Minister or other Minister or Parliamentary Secretary as from the appointed day by virtue of the provisions of this section shall be deemed to have complied with the requirements of Article 84 of the Constitution relating to the taking of oaths.

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