Ambassador Elisabeth Harper has tendered her resignation as the Director General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as she gets ready to hit the campaign trail as the Prime Ministerial Candidate for the People’s Progressive Party/Civic.
PPP General Secretary and Minister of Home Affairs Clement Rohee on Tuesday confirmed that Ms. Harper has tendered her resignation from her public service job. He did not say whether the resignation was accepted or when it will take effect.
He however noted that she will be on the political platform for the party during the elections campaign.
News Source has since learnt that Ms. Harper may have been asked by a leading member of the government to put the resignation on hold until nomination day when she will officially become a candidate on the PPP/Civic’s list of candidates for the May 11 elections.
There are also reports that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has already identified a replacement for Harper so that there could be a smooth transition when she leaves the employ of the Ministry that she has served for over 25 years.
Some staff members and Officials of the Foreign Affairs Ministry have said that they were blindsided by the decision of Ms. Harper to accept the nomination to be the PM Candidate for the PPP Civic since she has never shown any inclination that she wanted to become active in politics.
Staff members including senior officers who work directly with Harper only became aware of her decision to be the PPP’s Prime Ministerial Candidate when it was announced on Saturday morning at a press briefing hosted by the President.
Although Ambassador Harper was silent at the official announcement of her new position as PPP Prime Ministerial Candidate, in a later Facebook post, she said “I accepted the offer to be the running mate of His Excellency President Donald Ramotar as the Prime Ministerial candidate after contemplating the significant opportunity which this could present for me to serve the people of Guyana in a higher capacity.”
Filed: 24th February, 2015