Paulwell backs Phillips to lead PNP
Phillip Paulwell has thrown his support behind Dr Peter Phillips as the next president of the People's National Party (PNP), a move which could kill the rise of Peter Bunting, who has been preparing himself for the top job.
Paulwell has been touted as a possible PNP president.
It was widely expected that the departure of Portia Simpson Miller from the presidency would lead to a straight fight between Paulwell and Bunting.
But at Sunday's National Executive Council meeting of the PNP, Paulwell said that if Simpson Miller were to step aside as president, he would support Phillips.
"If and when the leader goes, my irrevocable support is for Comrade Peter Phillips ... I don't think my time is now," he told The STAR yesterday.
Paulwell had supported Simpson Miller in the two leadership contests she won - 2006 and 2008. On both occasions, she beat Phillips for the PNP's top job.
PNP insiders say the coming together of Team Portia and Phillips' Solid as a Rock Camp will make it almost impossible for Bunting, a former general secretary, to emerge as president of the party.