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The Bahamas Independence Order 1973

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Leader of the Opposition

82.—(1) There shall be a Leader of the Opposition who shall be appointed by the Governor-General.

(2) Whenever there shall be occasion for the appointment of a Leader of the Opposition, the Governor-General shall appoint the member of the House of Assembly who, in his judgment, is best able to command the support of the majority of the members of the House in opposition to the Government; or if there is no such person, the member of the House who, in his judgment, commands the support of the largest single group of members in opposition to the Government; who are prepared to support one leader:

Provided that this paragraph shall have effect in relation to any period between a dissolution of Parliament and the day on which the next election of members of the House of Assembly is held as if Parliament had not been dissolved.

(3) The Leader of the Opposition shall vacate his office if—

(a)after an election of members of the House of Assembly following any dissolution of Parliament he is informed by the Governor-General that the Governor-General is about to appoint another person as Leader of the Opposition;

(b)for any reason other than a dissolution of Parliament he ceases to be a member of the House of Assembly;

(c)under the provisions of paragraphs (2), (3) and (4) of Article 49 of this Constitution he is required to ceases to perform his functions as a member of the House of Assembly; or

(d)his appointment is revoked under the provisions of paragraph (4) of this Article.

(4) If in the judgment of the Governor-General the Leader of the Opposition is no longer the member of the House of Assembly best able to command the support of the majority of members of the House in opposition to the Government or the member of the House who commands the support of the largest single group of members in opposition to the Government who are prepared to support one leader, the Governor-General shall revoke the appointment of the Leader of the Opposition.

(5) Paragraph (4) of this Article shall not have effect while Parliament is dissolved.

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