Jamaica: Peter Phillips elected new leader of the PNP

Peter Phillips - the new president of Jamaica's People's National Party (PNP) and the leader of the official opposition

Portia Simpson-Miller steps down as party leader

Peter Phillips has become the new president of Jamaica’s opposition People’s National Party (PNP).

Delegates of the 79-year-old political party elected Phillips as party leader, replacing former Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller, following her recent decision to step down.

Simpson-Miller in her final address as president of the PNP urged the party to continue its mission of being the voice for the poor and voiceless.
“The PNP has always spoken out for the poor and the voiceless and that must remain our cause and our purpose.”
“Now, more than ever, Jamaica needs a strong, vibrant and united party to defend people’s interest. We must be the eyes, ears and voice of the people,” she said.

“As I exit the stage and hand over the baton to Peter Phillips, I know that the party, our party is in good hands,” she added.

Philips is now tasked with re-organizing and uniting the party which narrowly lost the last election to Andrew Holness and his Jamaica Labor Party (JLP).