Embattled President of the beleaguered People’s National Party, PNP, Dr Peter Phillips, has initiated the process to demit office.

Dr Phillips made the announcement during a hastily arranged media conference at the party’s 89 Old Hope Road Headquarters earlier today.

He told the media conference that he has advised PNP Chairman, Fitz Jackson, that the National Executive Council be convened to make arrangements to elect a new party leader as soon as possible.

The NEC is the PNP’s second highest decision making body.

Stevian Simmonds reports:

Dr Phillips had told the media yesterday, that if his party lost the General Elections, he’d resign as President and also as Member of Parliament for St Andrew East Central.

Last night his party lost more than fifty per cent of the seats it won in 2016 General Elections and barely held on to several others including Dr Phillips’ East Central St Andrew constituency, where 28- year-old Jodian Myrie lost by just over a thousand votes to the seven-term MP.

Dr Phillips says he takes ultimate responsibility for the party’s poor performance at the polls.

He says the NEC will determine a timetable for the selection of a new party president.

But, he says until that decision is made he’ll continue his duties as party president.

Dr Phillips also thanked the voters and the workers of the party.