It is official.
After days of rumors, speculations and hearsay, Edison James, political leader of the UWP, has confirmed that he will not be seeking re-election in the next General Elections constitutionally due by March 2015.
He also said he will be stepping down as political leader.
He made the announcement earlier at a party press conference.
He said he made his intention known to the party two weeks ago.
In response to reports that journalist and talk show host, Lennox Linton, is being considered for the role of political leader, James said he would support Linton for that position. However, he pointed out that a new leader can only be selected by a delegates conference.
“There are other people who have what it takes but the Constituency of Marigot including my self, have identified Mr. Linton as a suitable person to be the candidate and to be the elected representative for Marigot,” he said. “So it stands to reason to the extent that Mr. Linton name has surfaced in the context of the leadership effort I think every body would be surprised particularly the people of Marigot if I didn’t support Mr. Linton.”
James also pointed out that he will be throwing his weight behind the party to make sure it wins the next general election.
James has been member of parliament for Marigot since 1990.
President of the party, Ezekiel Bazil, speaking at the press conference, said Linton has been endorsed by the Marigot Constituency Association.
Meanwhile Opposition Leader, Hector John, though not removing his name from the leadership hat, said he will support anyone who has been elected by the delegate’s conference to be leader of the party.
MP for Roseau, Norris Prevost, who, besides James and John, is the only other elected UWP parliamentarian, said he would make his position known on the choice of a political leader for the party at the delegates conference.