At one time in their relationship Prime Minister Perry Christie and Baha Mar developer Sarkis Izmirlian were as thick as old comrades. They cooed compliments and encomiums to each other.
The prime minister and the developer saw Baha Mar as a shared grand legacy. Izmirlian lauded the prime minister who in turn praised the developer for his vision.
The love match has ended in mutual recrimination, anger and wounded pride, as employees of the resort are devastated with many facing dire consequences in an economy in which there is a high rate of unemployment. Employee anxiety and frustration grow by the week.