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Simpson Miller praises Phillips, thanks him for not challenging her leadership

Published:Monday | September 5, 2016 | 1:24 PM
In this file photo Dr Peter Phillips and Portia Simpson Miller dance during a party conference.

People's National Party (PNP) President, Portia Simpson Miller, last night had high praises for one of the men looking to succeed her when she steps aside.

Speaking at a St Andrew East Central constituency conference at Jascisera Park last night, Simpson Miller said she had the highest regard for former finance minister, Dr Peter Phillips.

She said she wished to salute him for overseeing the economic reform programme, which had started to bring progress for Jamaicans.


PNP President, Portia Simpson Miller

Simpson Miller also thanked Phillips for his decision not to challenge her for leadership of the party this month.

Simpson Miller is being challenged by PNP stalwart, Dr Karl Blythe.

Meanwhile, Phillips said he never intended to challenge Simpson Miller at this year’s conference.

However, he made it clear he will be going for the top job when she steps aside.


Member of Parliament for St Andrew East Central, Dr Peter Phillips

Member of Parliament for central Manchester, Peter Bunting, has also stated that he will offer himself for the position of president when Simpson Miller leaves.