Simpson-Miller may face PNP leadership challenge
Former prime minister of Jamaica, Portia Simpson Miller could face a challenge to her leadership of the main opposition People’s National Party (PNP), as the party announced that nominations for candidates the positions of president and vice president will open next month.
In a brief statement, the PNP, which lost the general election under Simpson Miller in February, said that “nominations will open for the positions of president and vice presidents on July 13 and close on July 20.”
Simpson Miller has already indicated that she will be seeking re-election when the party holds its annual conference later this year. But political observers say she is likely to face a challenge from her former finance minister Dr. Peter Phillips, a vice president of the party. Former PNP general secretary Peter Bunting has also signaled his intention to seek the presidency of the party.
Former government minister and parliamentary representative for the constituency of St. Ann South East, Lisa Hanna, says she intends vying for one of the four vice president posts.