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Chang hopes JLP leadership challenge can be avoided
2013-09-03 12:17:28 | (0 Comments)
General Secretary of the Jamaica Labour Party, Dr Horace Chang, says it would be desirable if a leadership challenge within the party could be avoided at this time.
Dr Horace Chang – File
Chang was speaking following last night’s convergence of about 300 delegates and party supporters on the weekly standing committee meeting at Belmont Road in Kingston.
The supporters expressed fear a leadership challenge would divide the party at a time when it needs to focus on issues such as the floundering economy and soaring education costs.
Chang says they have asked the secretariat to do everything to avoid an election.
While emphasising that it is Shaw's democratic right to challenge, Chang says he is willing to facilitate talks between the parties to see if an election can be avoided.
The regular Monday night meeting of the party’s senior members has not gone smoothly in recent weeks following the chaotic August 13 meeting.
A week later on August 19, the committee meeting was cancelled in what some believed was an attempt to stave off another disruptive showdown should a leadership challenge materialise.
Shaw has given notice that he is considering mounting a challenge against Andrew Holness for the top job in the 70-year-old party and will be carrying out consultations on the matter.
He was not at last night’s meeting.
This morning he told The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre he did not wish to comment on last night’s occurrences.
Meanwhile, Jamaica Labour party MP for West Portland, Daryl Vaz, says while delegates and supporters are free to express their opinions on the possible challenge, it would be best if they made their opinions known during the election in November.
Vaz has publicly welcomed the possible leadership challenge arguing that it will put to rest perceptions that the party does not handle its internal politics well.
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