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Phillips appointed Opposition Leader, promises to secure a better future for Jamaica

Published:Monday | April 3, 2017 | 4:09 AM
Opposition Leader Peter Phillips collects his instrument of appointment from Governor General Sir Patrick Allen - Ricardo Makyn photo

Dr Peter David Phillips has now been appointed Leader of the Opposition.

The veteran politician, who, last week Sunday became president of the People's National Party (PNP), received his instrument of office a short while ago from Governor General Sir Patrick Allen during a brief ceremony at King's House.

The ceremony was attended by members of Phillips' family, members of the parliamentary opposition, including outgoing Opposition leader Portia Simpson Miller, and other senior PNP officials.

Yesterday, Simpson Miller officially relinquished her position as leader of the opposition.

Phillips said in his new capacity, he would serve the people of Jamaica and uphold the Constitution of the country.

While carrying out the constitutional role of the Opposition, Phillips said he would be vigorous in defending the rights of Jamaicans in Parliament.

"Our voices will not be restricted to Parliament but to have dialogue with various groups in the society... to secure a better future for Jamaicans," Phillips said.