Bahamas. In a referendum in June, a majority of voters
voted against four proposals for changes in the country's
constitution. Three of the proposals concerned citizenship.
countryaah, the first was that children born abroad where at least one
of the parents are citizens of the Bahamas would
automatically be granted citizenship. According to the
second proposal, a foreign person who is married to a
Bahamian citizen could apply for and obtain citizenship.
Thirdly, it was suggested that a child born out of wedlock
could become a citizen if it can be proved that the father
has Bahamian citizenship. Of the voters, 61, 71 and 66%
respectively voted against the proposals. However, the
strongest opposition met the proposal that it should be
prohibited by law to discriminate against a person based on
gender. As many as 79% of the voters opposed the proposal.
In August, Prime Minister Perry Christie announced that
an agreement had been signed between the Government of
Bahamas and a Chinese bank to complete the huge Baha Mar
resort. Construction started in 2011 but stopped in 2015 due
to lack of money. Under the agreement, the facility would be
open for the 2016/17 holiday season. Christie promised that
Bahamian construction workers who did not receive their pay
would be compensated but accused by the opposition of
misleading the public.