Harper sees PM candidacy as opportunity to “serve in higher capacity”

PM Candidate, Elisabeth Harper (third from right), her husband Mark Harper flanked by government officials.

[www.inewsguyana.com] – Recently appointed Prime Ministerial Candidate of the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C), Elisabeth Harper is not daunted by the negative reviews from the political opposition and insists it is a better opportunity for her to serve Guyana.

She is currently the Director General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Harper, who did not take any questions from the media when the announcement was made at Freedom House on Robb Street on February 21 took to her Facebook to express her gratitude for the opportunity presented to her with the selection.

In her Facebook post she said, “I accepted the offer to be the running mate of His Excellency President Donald Ramotar as the Prime Ministerial candidate after contemplating the significant opportunity which this could present for me to serve the people of Guyana in a higher capacity.”

Fifty-seven year – old Harper entered the Foreign Service in 1976 as a Registry Clerk. She was eventually elevated to the post of Director General of the Foreign Ministry back in 2001.

Harper was selected to be the Party’s PM after rife speculation about a possible replacement for current Prime Minister Samuel Hinds.

Questions were also raised about the possibility of Hinds, who has 22 years as Prime Minister under his belt, returning to the post.

Hinds himself did not reject the suggestion, telling reporters that it was not up to him, but if called upon to serve, he would not reject the offer.