Jamaica’s Opposition Leader Portia Simpson Miller to Resign as PNP President

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Jamaica’s Opposition Leader Portia Simpson Miller to Resign as PNP President

Jamaica’s Opposition Leader Portia Simpson Miller announced on Sunday that she will step down as the president of the People’s National Party.

Simpson Miller made the announcement at the PNP’s National Executive Council meeting. She said that she will be departing to give the new president enough time to rebuild the party to win the next general election.

This comes as Simpson Miller suffered a stinging defeat in the local government elections on Nov. 28 and the general election on Feb. 25.

Simpson Miller made history as the first female prime minister of Jamaica. She was elected PNP president in February 2006, beating out Peter Phillips, Omar Davies and Karl Blythe. She was able to stave off challenges in subsequent years.

It’s shameful that Simpson Miller has yet to concede defeat in the local government elections. She was a no-show at PNP headquarters on Monday night. A good leader isn’t afraid to admit defeat. Not just take victory laps.

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