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JM | Nov 10, 2020

Mark Golding to be sworn in as Opposition Leader today

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Mark Golding, newly elected president of the People’s National Party.

Newly elected president of the People’s National Party (PNP) is to be sworn in as Opposition Leader this morning at 11:30.

Golding, who defeated Lisa Hanna in the party’s presidential election on Saturday, and succeeds Dr Peter Phillips, will receives his instruments from Governor General Sir Patrick Allen during what has been described as “an intimate ceremony” at King’s House.

The ceremony is to be kept small in keeping with COVID-19 social distancing guidelines.

On Saturday, Golding became the sixth president of the PNP when delegates chose him over Hanna by a 296- vote margin.

Golding, the member of parliament (MP) for St Andrew South, secured 1,740 votes from PNP delegates while Hanna, MP for South East St Ann, collected 1,444 votes.

He first entered Parliament as a senator in 2007 and served as justice minister in the Portia Simpson Miller administration from 2012 to 2016.

In 2017 he was elected in a by-election to replace Dr Omar Davies in St Andrew South and was re-elected in last September’s general election.

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