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I'm ready for anyone, says Portia as Blythe declares challenge

Published:Tuesday | July 19, 2016 | 5:58 PM
"I’m ready for anyone and anything!” Simpson Miller, who is also the Opposition Leader told The Gleaner outside Parliament this afternoon.

Jovan Johnson, Parliamentary Reporter

People’s National Party (PNP) president Portia Simpson Miller has declared that she is prepared for the challenge for the leadership of the party.

"I’m ready for anyone and anything!” Simpson Miller, who is also the Opposition Leader told The Gleaner outside Parliament this afternoon.

Earlier today, former Westmoreland Central MP Dr Karl Blythe, 70, was nominated for the post of president for the leadership of the 78-year-old party.

Simpson Miller, has faced questions about her 10-year-leadership of the party.

Quizzed whether Blythe, who lost in a presidential bid against her in 2006 was wasting his time, Simpson Miller said “I will make no comment on that, just wait for the votes,” she said with a grin.


IN PHOTO: Dr Karl Blythe

The PNP secretariat says Blythe submitted his nomination papers today, a day before the process ends.

The party may hold a special delegates’ conference for the election as was the case on February 25, 2006 when Blythe first ran against Simpson Miller, who has gone on to lead her party to two general election losses and one victory.

The PNP has been in turmoil since the most recent loss in February

Three weeks ago at a PNP National Executive Council Meeting, Blythe had asked Simpson Miller to indicate a departure timetable.

However, Simpson Miller has not indicated when she intends to step down as PNP president.

A medical doctor, Blythe, is also a former vice president of the PNP.

Expected challengers, Manchester Central MP Peter Bunting and St Andrew East Central MP Dr Peter Phillips, have said they will not go up against Simpson Miller.