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PNP executive rejects 'Powerless Portia' article too

Published:Tuesday | January 19, 2016 | 4:26 PM

The People’s National Party (PNP) Executive has joined its youth and women’s movements in defending party President Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller following a Sunday Gleaner article labelling her as powerless.

In a statement issued today, the PNP executive said at its Committee meeting yesterday the hierarchy noted the article with "alarm".

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"We wish to categorically refute this as being nothing but malicious and mischievous falsehoods being offered to the public and a feeble effort to try and paint a most erroneous picture of a PNP demise, led as the article suggested — by a leadership challenge within the party," said a spokesperson.

"The People’s National Party wishes to reiterate in the strongest possible terms, its absolute confidence in, and total regard for our Party President, Portia Simpson Miller," the spokesperson continued.

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It added that at a recent meeting of the Party’s National Executive Council, Simpson Miller had firmly said that there should be an immediate cessation of public squabbling in violation of the rules of the Party.

"Her warning was borne out by pre-emption of the type of disciplinary actions that came recently from this committee led by our Party’s General Secretary," the statement said.