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It's official... Julian Robinson to replace Burke as PNP gen sec

Published:Sunday | September 25, 2016 | 9:29 PM
Julian Robinson

Julian Robinson is to replace Paul Burke as the People's National Party (PNP) general secretary.

Chairman Robert Pickersgill made the announcement this afternoon at the end of the first meeting of the party's NEC held today in May Pen, Clarendon.

Robinson will take over from Burke, who will demit office at the next NEC meeting on November 27.

Last week, Robinson announced that he was running for the position as news spread about an impending resignation of Burke.

Burke, who has been under pressure to resign since the PNP's loss in the February 25 general elections, said he had remained in the position because he believed local government elections would have been called before now.

However, he told the NEC today that November 27 will be his last day whether or not the elections are called.

Pickersgill said stability was needed in the secretariat with the impending elections, and Robinson was therefore being named the general secretary designate.

Burke has had a controversial two years as general secretary, most notably the contentious candidate selection process leading up to the party's general election defeat.

In August, he was also involved in controversy over a leaked Treasurer's report alleging misuse of campaign donations to the party after he made statements alleging the existence of a kickback policy between Government and Chinese investors.