Ernesto Cooke – News784.com: At a meeting of the Central Committee of the New Democratic Party on Tuesday November 15th 2016, the Honorable Arnhim U. Eustace addressed the members present and announced his decision to resign as leader of the Opposition and as President of the New Democratic Party.
Mr. Eustace told the meeting that he would accordingly inform the Governor General of his decision and that in accordance with the Constitution of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, the elected members of the NDP, including himself, would advise the Governor General whom they support as the new Opposition Leader.
Mr. Eustace also stated that he would remain as the Parliamentary Representative of the East Kingstown Constituency.
Mr. Eustace has been Leader of the Opposition since 2001. He indicated that he felt that he had made his contribution to the party in that position for over sixteen (16) years and that it was time to pass on the baton to someone else.
The outgoing Leader of the Opposition and President thanked the Central Committee for their support over the years and expressed his satisfaction in serving the NDP.
He noted that he is fully prepared to lend his support to his successor as Leader of the Opposition and President of the NDP.
Members present praised and thanked Mr. Eustace for his outstanding contribution to the party and to the country and pledged to host a special event in honor of his long and dedicated service.
The New Democratic Party will hold an Extraordinary Convention on November 27, 2016 at Democrat House Kingstown to elect a new party leader.