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Wilchcombe to run for chairman

Former Minister of Tourism Obie Wilchcombe will run for chairman of the Progressive Liberal Party during its upcoming convention this week, The Nassau Guardian can confirm.

Wilchcombe had said that he is waiting to hear the “voice of the people” before he decided whether he would vie for a leadership position.

His decision also follows a call from PLP Leader Philip Brave Davis for a unified convention.

In a voice note that made the rounds over the weekend, PLP Chairman Fred Mitchell said Davis requested that there be no challenges to his team.

Davis’ team includes Mitchell for chairman, Chester Cooper for deputy leader and Robyn Lynes for deputy chairman.

Wilchcombe ran for chairman during the party’s October 2017 convention but was defeated by Mitchell.

Ahead of that vote, Wilchcombe said the party needs a temperate approach to how it deals with issues.

Wilchcombe also ran for deputy leader in 2009. He lost to Davis, who became the leader of the PLP after former Prime Minister Perry Christie resigned five days after the 2017 general election that saw the PLP nearly wiped out at the polls.

Wilchcombe was the member of Parliament for West End and Bimini. He lost his re-election bid in May 2017.

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