Written by on February 6, 2017

Leader of Jamaica’s opposition People’s National Party, Portia Simpson-Miller is stepping down.

Yesterday during a meeting of the PNP’s National Executive Council, Simpson-Miller announced she would submit her resignation on April 2, following her contribution to the Budget Debate in parliament, scheduled for March 16.

She will remain the Member of Parliament for St Andrew South West.

The announcement comes following her December announcement that she would not seek re-election at the next party conference in September 2017.

Since then, there have been speculations that she was being forced out of office, after losing last year’s general elections to current Prime Minister Andrew Holdess.

Portia Simpson-Miller, 71, leaves her position after serving 11 years as party president and serving as Prime Minister for 2 terms.

Many party members agreed that although it was time for a transition, Portia Simpson-Miller did not deserve the inordinate amount of pressure to resign, and should been able to do so in “an atmosphere comradeship”.

Nomination for president open today (Feb 6) and will close on Friday, February 10. The People’s National Party will select its new president during a Special Delegates Conference, to be held March 26.

Dr. Peter Phillips – the only person to announce his candidacy for PNP leadership, is expected to be unopposed, but still needs at least 50% of delegates to affirm his presidency.

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