Jamaica

Jamaica’s Opposition Leader Throws In The Towel

President of the People’s National Party (PNP), Opposition Leader Dr. Peter Phillips, has decided to call it quits after the shellacking by JLP in the recently held general election.

Dr. Phillips submitted his resignation letter to the party’s chairman Fitz Jackson and told reporters in a media briefing that it was the right thing.

“As is now recognized, the result of the general election held yesterday… have been very unfavorable to the People’s National Party.  As in all undertakings such as this, the ultimate responsibility must rest with the leader of the party,” said Dr. Phillips.

“Accordingly, I considered it my duty to demit office as the president of the party, and I have written to the chairman… to ask that the National Executive Council, and the executive of the party, make the necessary arrangements,  as soon as is practicable, to make the necessary arrangements to elect a new leader of the party,” said Dr Phillips, who led the PNP to a crushing 49-14 defeat yesterday.

Dr. Phillips thanked all those who voted for the PNP, those who worked on its campaign, and others who supported the party as he noted that the party has many lessons to learn from the defeat.

The leader of the opposition had earlier called Mr. Holness congratulating and wishing him well.

This is the 18th General Election to be held in the country since Universal Adult Suffrage in 1944.

Yvad Billings, Readers Bureau, Contributor

Edited by Jesus Chan

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