Simpson Miller, since leading the 77-year-old party to defeat in the February 25 General Election against the Jamaica Labour Party, has come under severe pressure to hand over the reins of the party.
In April, former general secretary of the party Peter Bunting made public his interest in leading the party, saying that he intends to appeal to the Opposition party’s delegates at the right time.
But Simpson Miller, who was addressing Comrades at the party’s National Executive Council meeting on Sunday, said while she does not intend to remain at the zenith of the party, she does not intend to step down anytime soon.
“Comrades…I do not intend to be around forever as your party leader. Like our leaders before me, Norman Manley, Michael Manley and PJ Patterson, I will in due course indicate to the party my timetable.
“I have always put the party before self. My love and loyalty for this party is beyond question. I intend to offer myself for re-election as your party president for the next political year,” she said.
At the same time, she urged party members to remain focused on issues affecting the party, country and world.
“I have always acted in the best interest of the party and will continue to do so. Timing is key to everything and there is a season for everything under the sun. This is the time to pull together not to pull apart. This is the season for continued construction. There is work to be done. Let us get to the tasks ahead,” said Simpson Miller, who is in her 10th year as president of the party.