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Phillips at helm of PNP poses no threat to JLP's Holness - Chang

Published:Sunday | March 26, 2017 | 3:09 PM
Dr Peter Phillips

The governing Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) says the ascension of Dr Peter Phillips to the presidency of the People’s National Party (PNP) poses no threat to the leadership of Prime Minister Andrew Holness.

Phillips is set to take over the leadership of the PNP today during a special delegates conference scheduled to take place at the National Arena.

He replaces former Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, who is stepping down after 11 years as president of the PNP.

JLP General Secretary Dr Horace lauded Phillips for his contribution to the country’s political process and what he described as his outstanding public service.

However, while noting that the former finance minister will bring back some intellectual rigour to the political debate, Chang says Phillips is not a strong grass-root organiser like some of his predecessors.