Burke is PNP's new general secretary
VETERAN People's national Party activist Paul Burke has been chosen as the party's general secretary.
Burke, who turns 62 on June 2, was elected unopposed at yesterday's National Executive Committee meeting of the PNP held at the University of the West Indies.
Burke replaces Peter Bunting, the minister of national security and member of parliament for Central Manchester, who informed the party last January that he would demit that office.
Political sources said that Bunting is shaping up to vie for one of the four vice-presidential posts, but could opt for the job of party chairman if it is felt that it might not be easy for him to defeat any of the present four vice presidents -- Dr Fenton Ferguson, Noel 'Butch' Arscott, Angela Brown Burke, Paul's wife, and Derrick Kellier.
The party chairmanship may become available, PNP sources have said, if present holder, veteran MP and minister Robert Pickersgill retires by the party's next annual conference scheduled for September.
Burke, who is a close ally of prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, was nominated by deputy general secretaries Julian Robinson and Raymond Pryce, both of whom had initially expressed an interest in holding the office of general secretary.