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Burke's appointment as PNP gen sec expected today

Published:Sunday | February 2, 2014 | 12:34 PM

The appointment of veteran People's National Party (PNP) member, Paul Burke, to the post of general secretary is expected to be confirmed today.



Burke's appointment is expected to be the focus of today's meeting of the National Executive Council at Manchester High School in Mandeville. The meeting is expected to get under way at 3:00 this afternoon.



The Sunday Gleaner reports that Burke has been hand picked by PNP president and prime minister, Portia Simpson Miller, to succeed Peter Bunting who is expected to announce his resignation today.



It was believed that Bunting's resignation would have resulted in a contest, the first since Dr Peter Phillips and Michael Peart wrestled for the position in the early 1990s.



However, Deputy General Secretary Julian Robinson, who many viewed as the most suited for the position, and Raymond Pryce - a Simpson Miller loyalist - opted out of the race.



In addition to Burke's appointment today, the NEC is expected to hear a presentation from Finance Minister Dr Peter Phillips on the economic reform programme.



PNP chairman, Robert Pickersgill, says today's meeting of the NEC had been expanded to accommodate an aspect of last year's private session of the annual conference that had to be postponed because of time constraints.



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