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     Jamaica finance minister Phillips not ruling out PM bid

January 5, 2016
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Peter Phillips, the finance minister who led Jamaica to 10 successive quarterly International Monetary Fund (IMF) reviews, admits that he has not taken his eyes off the position of prime minister. In an interview with the Jamaica Gleaner, Phillips said, “It would be a great honour should there be a vacancy and at that point where I am able to contemplate it. It would be a great honour to lead the country, but, day by day, I try to focus on the tasks immediately in front of me.” As the minister of finance and the public service, Phillips says his immediate focus is on securing a sound economic footing for the country, and on helping the governing People's National Party (PNP) win another election under Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller. Phillips had failed in 2006 and again in 2008 to win the majority of delegates' votes in PNP leadership contests, and on both occasions he finished behind Simpson-Miller. However, with a general election due this year, Phillips, the PNP campaign director, said being prime minister is not on his mind at this point. (Image source: Jamaica Gleaner)

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