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Nothing wrong with Portia presenting in Budget debate before stepping down — Chang

Published:Monday | February 6, 2017 | 2:16 PM
Simpson Miller told delegates that she wanted to make her March 16 contribution to the Budget Debate in Parliament before going.

Political analyst Kevin Obrien Chang says he sees nothing wrong with Opposition Leader Portia Simpson Miller’s decision to present in the budget debate before stepping aside.

Yesterday, Simpson Miller ended weeks of speculation about her departure date, telling members of the PNP’s National Executive Council (NEC) that her resignation letter would be handed to Governor General Sir Patrick Allen on April 2.

Simpson Miller told delegates that she wanted to make her March 16 contribution to the Budget Debate in Parliament before going.

She’s already being criticised for her decision not to step aside to allow her successor to present the opposition’s vision for the country, given she will no longer be leader.

IN PHOTO: Chang

However, Chang believes it’s not a big deal as she has served the country for decades and should be allowed to leave on a high note.

 

Political commentator, Kevin Obrien Chang

Chang also says Simpson Miller is to be admired for acquiescing to the wishes of party members who wanted her to leave the post before long.

He says history will show her in a favourable light.

Yesterday, anger was evident in Simpson Miller’s address to the NEC as she turned on those she said spoke negatively of her intellect and of her becoming PNP president.

In a relatively short stint at the podium, she said she had served the party for more than 40 years and had given faithful and loyal service to both Michael Manley and P.J. Patterson before her.

Simpson Miller said she had persevered primarily because of the love and inspiration received from the Jamaican people.

Simpson Miller says she will remain a member of parliament until a convenient time.