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(Barbados Today) The writing is definitely on the wall for the ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP).

So said two local pundits, on the heels of last week’s humiliating general election defeat suffered by incumbent Prime Minister Perry Christie and his Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) at the hands of the Hubert Minnis-led Free National Movement in The Bahamas.

In what commentators have described as the heaviest defeat recorded by a governing party in The Bahamas in recent times, the PLP was only able to secure five of the 39 seats at stake, with Christie and other senior government ministers losing their seats as the PLP was booted out after serving just one term in office.

Political scientist Peter Wickham cautioned Tuesday that while the outcome was notable, “each regional election should be taken on its merit”.

Therefore, he was not prepared to make the assumption that “because there was a change in one country, there will be a change in another”.

“I think it is best to look at things on their own merit,” he stressed.

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