APNU+AFC Member of Parliament, Joe Harmon has tendered his resignation as Leader of the Opposition.
Multiple party sources have confirmed that Mr. Harmon tendered his resignation this morning as Opposition Leader to the Speaker of the National Assembly as well as to the Leader of the PNC and APNU Chairman Aubrey Norton and Alliance for Change Leader Khemraj Ramjattan.
While Harmon has resigned as Opposition Leader, he is expected to maintain his seat in the National Assembly and is likely to remain as a frontbencher in the Assembly on behalf of the Opposition.
His resignation sets the stage for the election of a new Leader of the Opposition. The People’s National Congress Reform has indicated that it wants its Leader, Aubrey Norton to become a Member of Parliament and be elevated to the post of Opposition Leader.
For Norton to become a Member of Parliament, it would mean that one of the current MPs sitting in the House on behalf of the PNC and APNU might have to be replaced with Norton.
The Opposition has been moving like clockwork in the past few days setting the stage for a new Opposition Leader.
On Monday, fromer PNC Leader Mr. David Granger indicated that he would be stepping down from the position of Chairman of the APNU. He kept his word and stepped down from the position one day later on Tuesday morning as he met with other top members of the APNU.
At the time, Mr. Harmon also indicated that he would be stepping down as General Secretary of the APNU.
Immediately, the PNC Leader Aubrey Norton was elected to the position of Chairman of the APNU. The People’s National Congress is the largest party in the APNU+AFC Coalition.
Norton and Harmon have been in talks about the position of Opposition Leader over the past few weeks, after Norton’s big win in the elections for Party Leader at the PNC Congress.
Norton who has been long respected as a firebrand politician is being seen by supporters as the person who could lead a more responsive Opposition in the National Assembly.