Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell has changed his plans and will not be leaving public life before the 2023 general election.
During the campaign for the 2018 general election Mitchell, who leads the ruling New National Party (NNP), insisted that he will not contest another general election.
However, Mitchell said that he has had to change his plans about handing over leadership.
“A decision has been made, I would have preferred not to have but there are rationales based on my own colleagues’ views and general perceptions that the right time will have to be after the next election to hand over the reins to someone,” he said.
“So, it looks likely, highly likely that I will certainly run unless I have some health issues or physical problem,” said Mitchell who has served in the Parliament for almost four decades.
He turns 75 in November.
The NNP was returned to office in the last election by landslide with all 15 constituency seats won. As a result, there was not an official opposition in the Lower House of Parliament until Tobias Clement, who represents St George’s North East, crossed the floor and became the Leader of the Opposition.