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Portia: I didn't want my successor to begin their term with a loss

Published:Monday | December 5, 2016 | 8:59 AM
Dwayne Vaz is greeted by Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller.

People's National Party president Portia Simpson Miller has explained that she waited this long to announce her timetable for departure because she did not want her successor to start the job as a loser.

She said it was expected that the PNP would lose the local government elections and she did not want the new PNP president to begin their term with an election loss.

According to her, she wanted the new leader to have a clean slate on which to build.

Meanwhile, Simpson Miller has warned that she expects the transition to a new leader to be seamless.

She told Comrades yesterday that clear guidelines will be established and a period for campaigning.

In addition, she said there will be a ban on public advertisements.

In addition, Simpson Miller said any action by candidates and their supporters to tarnish other comrades or bring the party into disrepute will be met with sanctions.

According to her, anyone who cannot put the party before personal ambitions, does not deserve to lead the movement.