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Blythe: I will withdraw PNP presidency challenge if Portia gives departure timetable

Published:Wednesday | July 20, 2016 | 7:18 AM
Blythe says should he triumph over Simpson Miller, he would not remain the party’s leader for more than a year.

Dr Karl Blythe says he’s willing to withdraw his challenge for presidency of the People’s National Party (PNP) if Portia Simpson Miller announces she will step down from the post within a year.

The former Westmoreland Central member of parliament was nominated yesterday to run against Simpson Miller.

His nomination came a day before the process was set to close and amid speculation that Simpson Miller would have been unchallenged as the main aspirants for the post had indicated they would not run.

Last night, Blythe told The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre that he might reconsider the challenge if Simpson Miller outlines a timetable for leaving the post.

 

Candidate for the presidency of the PNP, Dr Karl Blythe

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

IN PHOTO: Portia Simpson Miller

Meanwhile, Blythe says should he triumph over Simpson Miller, he would not remain the party’s leader for more than a year.

He says during that year he would facilitate the process of renewal and allow those wishing to lead the party to articulate their vision and seek support from the membership.

Blythe argues that the party is in trouble as members are afraid to challenge the president out of fear of being victimised.

He says during his interim leadership aspirants would have no need to fear.

 

Candidate for the presidency of the PNP, Dr Karl Blythe

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.

At that time Simpson Miller was also challenged by Dr Peter Phillips and Dr Omar Davies.