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PM doesn't want to speak with Opposition Leader – PNP

Published:Thursday | February 11, 2016 | 2:31 PM
Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller (left) is greeted today by leader of the opposition, Andrew Holness at a ceremony at Emancipation Park in New Kingston where they signed the Political Code of Conduct.

The National Leadership Debates could be in further jeopardy with the People’s National Party indicating that its president, Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, is not prepared to engage in dialogue with Opposition Leader Andrew Holness.

Simpson Miller has accused Holness of defaming her following comments he made on Nomination Day. She is demanding an apology and has threatened a lawsuit.

In a statement this afternoon, the PNP questioned why Simpson Miller would dialogue with Holness in light of his comments about her.

The PNP has also raised concerns about Holness’ house which is being constructed in Beverly Hills in St Andrew.

The PNP is also demanding that Holness declare his finances “no later than seven days” before the elections.

Holness has promised to make the declaration by the end of March.

The PNP has not said whether the Prime Minister will declare her finances.

The PNP has also cited a number of other issues including the senate saga, Holness’ actions relating to a detained Jamaican in Qatar and his comments in the aftermath of the Sam Sharpe square shooting on Sunday.

According to the party “based on the issues we have raised, the PNP is not prepared to enter into any dialogue with the Jamaica Labour Party unless its Leader, Andrew Holness, fully and comprehensively respond to all the issues and questions we have raised.”

In a statement of his own yesterday, Holness had labelled the threat of lawsuit from Simpson Miller as a distraction.

He said the JLP has heard from good sources that the Prime Minister is trying to create a reason to say she will not participate in the National Leadership debate.