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the political climate changed even more strongly in 1984 due
to the accusations by the North American broadcaster NBC
against Prime Minister Pindling. The prosecutors alleged
that he had received bribe in the million class for having
agreed that a consignment of drugs could pass through the
country. A commission of inquiry confirmed that government
officials were involved in drug trafficking but at the same
time cleared the prime minister of suspicion.
In 1987, the unemployment rate reached 18%; women and
adolescents under 25 were the most affected; for the latter
the figure was about 35%! This explained why the residents
turned strongly against the refugees from Haiti, who in
large numbers went ashore on the island and got a work
permit from the authorities. After being the government's
loyal backers through the ages, the unions now began to
criticize the lack of projects that in the longer term would
solve the problems of unemployment.
In 1987, Lynden Pindling achieved his sixth consecutive
victory and his Liberal Party captured 31 of Parliament's 49
seats. Opposition Party The National Freedom Movement, led
by Cecil Wallace Whitfield, repeatedly demanded the
departure of the Prime Minister, with charges of electoral
fraud, corruption and indulgence in drug traffickers.
A significant decline in the number of tourists who were
otherwise estimated to be approx. 3 million people annually,
in 1991 added to fame as one of the most cocaine-consuming
nations in the world and one of the most criminalized.
Despite a slowdown in the inflation rate and a smaller
surplus on government finances, the protests and
demonstrations were not avoided multiplied.
North American government officials accused Pindling of
allowing the Bahamas to be used as a transit country for
drug dealers. Testimony in connection with the lawsuit
against Panama's former strong man, Manuel Antonio Noriega,
indicated that Pindling had received at least $ 5 million in
In 1992, tourism, which contributed more than 65% of the
gross domestic product, fell by approx. 10% compared to
1990, while the banks had lost customers in competition with
the Caiman Islands. In addition, the government failed to
expand agricultural production, which forced the country to
import 80% of its food.
25 years of uninterrupted rule with Pindling found its
end in 1992 when Hubert Ingraham, former Pindling's protégé
and leader of the National Freedom Movement, won the
parliamentary election with 55% of the votes cast. The new
government embarked on combating unemployment through
liberalization of foreign investment laws and in turn making
the Bahamas an important tourist destination.
Attorney Nigel Bowe, one of the prominent figures of the
Pindling period, was jailed in February 1994 in Miami for
drug trafficking. The same year, the government appointed a
commission to investigate the former prime minister's
affairs. He was charged with misusing funds from the
Association of Hotels for his own benefit; Pindling
dismissed these charges, citing the banks' secrecy, which
hindered the Commission's work.