Following the results of the recent local government elections, many with an interest in politics are now pondering if the Jamaica’s opposition leader is ready or willing to resign as leader of the party.
Portia Simpson-Miller once again fended off internal opposition as she retained leadership of the PNP earlier this year but lost both the general and local government election to the JLP.
The governing Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) has won the Local Government Elections, which were held on Monday (November 28).
After the loss, many of the PNP candidates and leaders were present at their headquarter to reassure their supporters but Simpson-Miller was absent.
Outgoing general secretary of the party, Paul Burke, has stated the reason for her absence.
“She [Portia Simpson-Miller] was too tired and had to leave for Cuba early in the morning,” said Mr Burke.
No word has came directly from Simpson-Miller as yet pertaining to the speculations.
In the meanwhile, Prime Minister of Jamaica, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, said their commitment to the party has resulted in victory.
“Your love and loyalty have brought us this far. The victory will not be taken for granted,” Mr. Holness said.
“You have accepted the message that together we will build a prosperous Jamaica. The victory can be seen as a referendum of our performance over the last nine months, and we have performed,” he added.
Mr. Holness further noted that the victory is also an indication that the Government is on the right path to transform and grow the country.
The Prime Minister said that with this win, the Councillors must understand that the growth is to be transferred to the community through better roads, jobs, the cleaning of drains, and the maintenance of the parks and markets.