KINGSTON, Jamaica — The People’s National Party (PNP) has expressed gratitude to party member Lisa Hanna for service to her constituency and party following news of her intentions to leave representational politics.
In a release on Tuesday, PNP leader, Mark Golding said “Comrade Hanna’s commitment to Jamaica remains an inspiration to our youth and those looking to enter representational politics. I look forward to continue working with Comrade Hanna on areas in which she is passionate and has achieved significant results.”
After serving three-and-a-half terms as Member of Parliament for St Ann South, Hanna announced her intentions to exit representational politics and therefore will not be seeking re-election at the next general election.
She has however committed to serving her constituency through to the end of her term.
The PNP says it will now be working closely with the Executive of South East St Ann to arrange a suitable occasion to honour Hanna for the tremendous work she has done.
“Representational politics is a labour of love and Comrade Hanna has certainly given her best in service to her country. The entire Jamaica should join us in thanking her for her service and wishing her the very best as she charts her way forward,” the PNP release read.
There have been mixed reactions to Hanna’s announcement that she intends to make her exit from representational politics. While the revelation came as a surprise to many, some expressed that they saw the move coming after Hanna narrowly won her bid for Member of Parliament (MP) for St Ann South in the last general elections.
Since her announcement, some social media users have been taking to various platforms to wish her well while others are hoping her exit is short-lived and that she will re-enter the political arena again in the near future. With Hanna’s pending exit, some users believe the PNP has lost an invaluable member of its team, a shift that will prove even more detrimental for an Opposition they say have been trying hard to put up a united front.
Here are some of the social media reactions to Hanna’s announcement:
“Noooooooo. We need strong opposition and only Lisa make sense over the other side,” user keriduuh posted to Instagram.
“The writing was on the wall. We could see from her movements. Best wishes,” user macsue.1 commented on IG.
“If the JLP is winning elections based primarily on the popularity of PM Andrew Holness, then the PNP has no chance of returning to power without Lisa Hannah. Sometimes popularity carries more weight than brilliance....anyhow..she must have something bigger in mind. I wish her the best,” user gmaxprophoto also posted to Instagram.
“I am surprised by this move… but all the best with your future endeavors lisa,” @Dreamz31 tweeted.
“Long time you must do that not doing anything for poor people,” @Dennisanthonyr1 tweeted.
“Good riddance! A woman who use the royal visit to show case herself and embarrassed the country around the world,” user conservative7777 tweeted.
“Miss Hanna you have made your decision but I for one I am truly gonna miss you leaving the PNP camp.I admire you so much and your down to earth relationship with people especially children.Where ever you go from here I pray God's blessings continue be with you,” user Jennifer Newland posted to Facebook.
“Great move ...there's no future there as your party is well on its way to the dumps. They making no sense especially with that leader,” user Astil Carrera also posted to Facebook.