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The House of Assembly

The Parliament of The Bahamas is the bicameral national parliament of Commonwealth of The Bahamas. The parliament is formally made up by the Queen (represented by the Governor-General), an appointed Senate, and an elected House of Assembly. It currently sits at Nassau, the national capital. The structure, functions, and procedures of the parliament are based on the Westminster system.

The House of Assembly is the lower chamber. It consists of 38 members (known as Members of Parliament), elected from individual constituencies for five-year terms. As under the Westminster system, the government may dissolve the parliament and call elections at any time. The House of Assembly performs all major legislative functions. The Prime Minister is the leader of the party controlling the majority of the House of Assembly seats. The speaker of the House of Assembly is currently Hon. Dewitt Halson Moultrie




The Hon. Halson Moultrie was elected Speaker of the House of Assembly by his fellow governing members in Parliament on May 24, 2017, following the May 10 General Election in which the Free National Movement (FNM) triumphed over the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) in a landslide victory.
Mr. Moultrie was born October 18, 1952 in Matthew Town Inagua to Jeffery and Naomi Moultrie.

He received his early education at Inagua All Age School and Government High School. Moultrie later obtained a Certificate of Climatology from the Meteorological Office College Shinfield Park United Kingdom in 1978. He also obtained an Associate of Arts Degree in Computer Science from the College of The Bahamas in 1989, a Bachelor of Law LLB from University of Wolverhampton, United Kingdom in 2006 and a Certificate of Legal Education from the Eugene Dupuch Law School in 2009.

Mr. Moultrie served as the Chief Meteorologist from 1970 to 1991 and later as a consultant to Tamarid International. He later joined Obie Ferguson & Co. / Trade Union Congress as a Law student and Labour Consultant. He served as a Legal Executive with Sturrup, Thompson & Associates before forming his own firm Life Chambers in 2010.

Mr. Moultrie continues an amicable relationship with both the National Congress of Trade Union (NCTU) and with the Trade Union Congress (TUC) as Consultant.
Mr. Moultrie worships at Overcoming Power Ministries International (OPMI) and is married to the former Kim Elexis Smith and the couple has one son Herschel.


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