ST. GEORGE’S: Former finance minister, Nazim Burke, has assumed leadership of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).
Burke defeated former education minister Franka Bernardine during elections held at last Sunday’s party convention.
Burke replaces former Prime Minister Tillman Thomas, who did not seek reelection as NDC leader.
“I embrace this challenge with boundless enthusiasm,” said Burke.
Sunday’s convention was the first for the NDC since the expulsion of 10 members, including former general secretary Peter David, in September 2012.
Party infighting and dissatisfaction led many members and supporters to abandon the NDC, which suffered a humiliating 15–0 defeat by the New National Party (NNP) in general elections one year ago.
Burke, who lost his seat in last year’s election, says the NDC is now a different party with different persons.
“I must apologize to those who have had distressful moments,” he said. “I am willing to meet and discuss whatever were your complaints. There are always differences in family, but we can come together and work things out.”
Many former NDC supporters and members, including David, are now aligned to the governing NNP.
David, a former foreign minister, is now an advisor to Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell.