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Portia Simpson Miller to make her last Budget speech today

Published:Thursday | March 16, 2017 | 9:05 AM
President of the People’s National Party, Portia Simpson Miller.

President of the People’s National Party, Portia Simpson Miller, will today make her final contribution to a Budget Debate as opposition leader as she prepares to hand over the reins of the party to Dr Peter Phillips later this month.

In February, Simpson Miller ended weeks of speculation about her departure date, telling members of the PNP’s National Executive Council 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 contribution to the Budget Debate in parliament before going.

Political Commentator Kevin O’Brien Chang says he’s expecting much of her speech to focus on her achievements.


There had been criticism of Mrs Simpson Miller’s decision to speak in the budget debate, with political commentator Richard Crawford arguing that Simpson Miller should have allowed Dr Phillips to make the presentation.

He said while he agrees that Simpson Miller should be given the space to make a farewell presentation, the budget debate is not the right medium.

However, Chang says Simpson Miller could use the presentation to articulate her vision for the country and therefore serve as an inspiration.


Political commentator, Kevin O’Brien Chang