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Joe not ready to go


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Joe not ready to go
Bishop Joseph Atherley, leader of the Alliance Party for Progress, at Combermere School on polling day. (FILE)

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Despite a crushing defeat at the polls on Wednesday and even as several pundits have already penned the eulogy for his political career, former Opposition Leader Bishop Joseph Atherley says he is not yet ready to let the sun set on his life in elective politics.

Atherley told the Daily Nation yesterday that as long as his health holds, he intends to offer himself as a candidate for the people of St Michael Central whenever the next election bell is rung.

“The presumption in most people’s minds when they asked that question is that the next elections are five years away. Recent experience has taught us that an election can be called in the next six months, the constitutional prescription allows for that and the power resides in the hands of the Prime Minister. However, as long as the Lord sustains me in sense of commitment in that particular regard, I will offer myself as a candidate for the people of St Michael Central,” said Atherley.

He added: “I am here to serve, I serve my country, I serve my communities, I serve my church, service is all that I know. I have already been back in St Michael Central this morning, letting the people know that I respect their view and their choice and I am the same Joseph Atherley.” (CLM)

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