The leader of the Nevis Reformation Party NRP, Hon Joseph Parry has made known to the public his intention to step down as leader within the next few weeks. He made the announcement Sunday (December 31) during his New Years address on behalf of the NRP.

“Let me make clear what my intention is. My intention over the next few weeks is to step down as leader of the Nevis Reformation Party. It is important that I give that party the opportunity to organize their transition period so that we can have a smooth movement from the present situation to one that will strengthen the party for the future,” Parry said.

Parry however did not inform who the new leader would be. Party nominee Hensley Daniel previously told the Observer that the recommendations for Party leader will come from the constituencies and then they will be endorsed by the General Counsel then approved by the Executive.

Parry said that he was “proud” of the efforts made by his party during the January 18 Nevis Island Assembly Elections. His party, however, was able to secure only one of five seats during the election losing to the Concerned Citizens Movement (CCM.).

Parry had some words of advice for the new Premier Hon Mark Brantley. “I want to congratulate the CCM and the Hon Mark Brantley and to you I say, be humble in victory. I myself have always embrace humility and I understood that I am a servant of the people and when the time comes to move aside I must move aside with a smile,” he said.

Parry said that after more than 38 years in public service “it is now time for me to refresh myself and move in another direction and pass the baton on.”

“But I can assure you the people of Nevis and all the young people out there that I would advise and assist in any way that I can. I am pleased with my 30 years in the public interest and my 30 years in public service. I can walk away when the time comes with a smile on my face and with the full knowledge that my character and my integrity are fully maintained.”

Parry said that the NRP will not stand in the way of development in any way but “certainly it is our business and our responsibility to ensure that if anything is wrong, that we point it out and also that we suggest alternatives that we would have pursued and that we think should be pursued in the interest of the country.”