“Unless advised otherwise, I would lead the party in the next general elections” – Gonsalves

By Admin. Updated 2:56 p.m., Sunday, July 24, 2022, Atlantic Standard Time (GMT-4).

Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves said on Sunday that “unless advised otherwise, I would lead the party in the next general elections,” which are due by 2025.

The prime minister was addressing the issue of leadership transition in the incumbent Unity Labour Party – ULP, of which he is currently the political leader.

Speaking on WEFM’s Issue at Hand program, the prime minister said that the party’s general secretary advised him that there were no other nominations for leadership of the party ahead of the July 31 convention where leadership is to be decided upon.

This means that PM Gonsalves, who turns 76 on August 8, 2022, will likely serve for another two-year terms as political leader of the ULP.

“I am a party man; the organs of the party tell me they are not ready for transition. The leadership, the rank and file telling me that now is not the time for any transition, so I will continue,” PM Gonsalves said on WEFM’s Issue At Hand Program aired on Sunday, July 24, 2022.

The prime minister also said that he expects the current deputy political leader of the ULP, Montgomery Daniel to be re-elected to that position, in accordance with the party’s constitution.

The move is likely to cast doubt on the immediate prospects of Saboto Caesar and Camillo Gonsalves, the prime minister’s son, who were seen as front runners for the position of deputy political leader at Sunday’s (July 31) convention,

Here is an excerpt from the program with the full remarks from Dr. Gonsalves.

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