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Bahamas premier faces test when graft inquiry resumes

Sir Lynden Pindling may be facing the strongest political challenge in his 17 years as prime minister of the archipelago off Florida. A Royal Commission of Inquiry resumes its six-month-old hearings tomorrow. It has received testimony linking Bahamian officials to payoffs from drug traffickers. The commission recessed partly because of a July 4-7 Caribbean Community summit to which Sir Lynden played host.

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Opposition leaders are preparing for new elections they think will be inevitable after the inquiry ends.