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The Bahamas catches Jamaica disease
Prime Minister of the Bahamas, Perry Christie.
Jamaica disease has continued to spread in the Caribbean states where Britain's Queen remains head of State. With Jamaica's own republican moves gathering pace, there are now also moves afoot in Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados and Grenada. The Bahamas - a chain of Islands off the coast of the United States - is now starting the process of reviewing its constitution. Prime Minister of the Bahamas, Perry Christie, has announced that a Commission is to be established to consider constitutional issues. From local Bahamas newspaper Tribune:
Mr Christie also said the Commission is expected to examine complex questions ... whether the Bahamas should remain a constitutional monarchy or evolve into a republic and whether if the Caribbean Court of Justice or perhaps final court in the Bahamas should replace the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council as the final court of appeal under our constitution.
The Bahamas is coming up to a major anniversary - 40 years of independence from the United Kingdom - so it seems now will be the time to move on this. Much like Jamaica, the impetus is not driven by the Royals but by the desire for greater independence. Let's hope it goes well for them.