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PNP president Simpson Miller mum on when she will step down

Published:Monday | April 25, 2016 | 8:45 AM
PNP president Portia Simpson Miller.

People's National Party (PNP) president Portia Simpson Miller is remaining silent on whether she will yield to calls by factions within her party to step down following the party's defeat in the February 25 General Election. 

However, following a meeting of party officials yesterday, Simpson Miller told the Internet station Talk Jamaica Radio that if there is any leadership challenge, she would win. 


PNP president Portia Simpson Miller speaking with Talk Jamaica Radio host, Ricardo Brooks

There are speculations that Simpson Miller may be challenged at the PNP's annual conference scheduled for September although analysts say any challenger could be doomed.

Former General Secretary Peter Bunting has said he is interested in the PNP presidency.

PNP Region Three chairman Phillip Paulwell has named Peter Phillips as his favourite to take over if Simpson Miller steps aside.

Some critics have said the PNP is in need of renewal following the election defeat and that the 70-year-old Simpson Miller may not be the most suitable leader to carry the party forward. 

Since her election as PNP president in 2006, Simpson Miller has lost two of the three general elections.

She also beat Dr Phillips in a leadership challenge.