Prime Minister Sam Hinds was hoping that he would have been selected again as the PPP Civic’s Prime Ministerial Candidate for a record 7th time. However, the executive of the People’s Progressive Party wanted someone new who they believe would be able to cause a stir.
In his statement to announce Harper as the PM Candidate pick, PPP General Secretary Clement Rohee said there was only one name that was put to the executive of the party to be considered and that name was in the person of Elizabeth Harper.
This will be the first time in 22 years that the PPP Civic will be heading into national elections without Sam Hinds as the Prime Ministerial Candidate.
Hinds, 71, served as Prime Minister since 1992 when the PPPC was re-elected to office for the first time in 28 years. He said although he would not run again as Prime Minister, he would be available to serve the Guyana government as he had a lifelong commitment to the people of Guyana.
In announcing Harper’s candidacy on Saturday, the PPP said the Central Committee of the party unanimously supported her nomination. It was noted that Harper comes from a loosely-knit group of individuals who had come together back in the early 1990s to back the PPP under then Dr. Cheddi Jagan to contest the 1992 polls, after efforts at getting the Patriotic Coaliton for Democracy (PCD) to vie for office had failed.
Hinds in congratulating Harper who is the Director General in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said she “is a Guyanese of exceptional national commitment who, I am confident, would work with everyone in pursuit of the national 'good'. Indeed, I commend Ms. Elisabeth Harper to all of our PPP/C supporters and to all Guyanese.”
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