Saturday 21 September, 2019

Phillips says he will reorganise shadow cabinet after PNP conference

Dr Peter Phillips

Dr Peter Phillips

Newly re-elected President of the People’s National Party (PNP) and Opposition Leader, Dr Peter Phillips, has said that he will be reorganising his shadow cabinet after the party's annual conference on September 22.

“Following my re-election as president of the People's National Party last Saturday, a number of members of the shadow cabinet, consistent with tradition, have tendered their resignation as shadow ministers.

“At a meeting of the party's National Executive Council in April this year, I had indicated that I would be reorganising the shadow cabinet after the end of the Parliamentary Sectoral Debate. The internal presidential election intervened and I considered it prudent to postpone that exercise,” Phillips said in a statement on Monday.

He added: “I now intend to undertake the shadow cabinet reorganisation after the conclusion of the party's annual conference on September 22.

“Until then, I have asked all shadow ministers to remain in place and continue to monitor their assigned portfolio."

Meanwhile, Phillips said he will be meeting with Peter Bunting, who challenged his presidency, on Tuesday.

Phillips beat Bunting by 76 votes on Saturday as 1,427 of the 2,908 delegates who cast their ballots in a special delegates’ conference decided to stick with him.

However, it represents the narrowest margin of victory for any presidential or leadership race for any of the country’s two main political parties.

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