Minnis, 64, who led his Free National Movement (FNM) to victory in the May 2017 general elections, will now be addressed officially as Dr. the Most Honorable Hubert Alexander Minnis, O.N, M.P, in keeping with the National Honors Act 2016.
The Order of The Nation has also been bestowed on former governors-general Dame Ivy Dumont, Sir Arthur Foulkes and posthumously on Sir Milo Butler, who was also awarded the Order of National Hero. Other former heads of state who received Order of the Nation include Sir Gerald Cash, Sir Henry Taylor, Sir Clifford Darling and former Prime Minister Sir Lynden Pindling, also a recipient of the Order of National Hero.
Governor General Dame Marguerite Pindling said the honorees were “worthy of adulation” for their “loyalty to country and contribution to this land of peace.”
Minnis, known as “Doc”, is a medical doctor by profession, a specialist in obstetrics and gynaecology.
He was first elected to Parliament in May 2007 for the Killarney Constituency and was appointed to the Cabinet as minister of health, serving from 2007 to 2012. In Nov. 2014 he was re-elected leader of the party.