Sir Philip Bailhache is out of the race to be Chief Minister after failing to secure enough support

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ONLY two candidates appear to be in the race to become Chief Minister – after Sir Philip Bailhache confirmed he is unable to put himself forward.

Nominations for Chief Minister must be submitted by 5pm on Monday with at least six Members of the States Assembly signing the nomination papers.

However, Sir Philip admitted that he had been unable to gain the required number of signatures and that it appeared the support of the Assembly lay elsewhere.

That leaves Deputies Kristina Moore and Sam Mézec to fight it out for the top job with both candidates in the process of finalising their Chief Minister statements.

Sir Philip, who polled third in the St Clement Deputy election on Wednesday night, said: ‘Candidates for Chief Minister need to find six Members of the States to sign their nomination paper and unfortunately I have been unable to do that so I will not be a candidate.

‘It is disappointing but I have to accept the will of the States.’

He added he would now be supporting Deputy Moore’s bid for Chief Minister and said that he would be ‘willing to help in any appropriate way’ when it comes to other ministerial positions.

The Assembly will meet on Tuesday 5 July to appoint.

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