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G2K supports Holness, for now

Published:Wednesday | August 28, 2013 | 12:58 PM

Generation 2000 (G2K) says, so far, it has no difficulty with Andrew Holness’ leadership of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) as the party gets set for a potential challenge for its top job.

G2K is the young professional arm of the JLP.

Following on his letter to the JLP chairman on Saturday confirming a consideration for the top job, Audley Shaw on Sunday, said he would not seek reelection as deputy leader, sending the clearest signal that he is setting the stage to mount a challenge for the the leadership of the 70-year-old party. 

G2K president, Floyd Green says until a challenge has been officially declared, the current leader enjoys the full support of the organisation.

Green says if a challenge is declared, G2K will meet and decide whether to formally support a contender.

Several senior JLP members have already declared their support for Andrew Holness.

Veteran politicians Derrick Smith, Olivia 'Babsy' Grange, Desmond McKenzie, Everald Warmington and Sharon Hay-Webster, as well as Shahine Robinson and Andrew Wheatley, have publicly expressed support for Holness.

The party has increased its preparation for elections by setting up a three-man election commission, chaired by Queen's Counsel George Soutar, to oversee internal elections come November and beyond.

Shaw has said he will consult with party workers and delegates before making his decision. 


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