Progressive Conservative MHA for Topsail-Paradise Paul Davis is stepping down from his role as leader of the Opposition in the House of Assembly.
Davis announced the decision publicly in a Facebook post Saturday morning.
Ches Crosbie was elected the new leader of the Progressive Conservatives on April 28, but Crosbie is without a seat in the House and had announced Davis would continue to lead there.
"Ches has quickly settled in as a full contributor and asset to our caucus team, bringing a new dynamic and experience to our efforts," Davis stated in his weekend post.
"As we move forward with our new leader there is no better time for me to fully close the chapter on my leadership. After careful consideration I have decided to step aside as Opposition Leader in the House of Assembly and have asked Ches and caucus to choose a new leader in the House. I will continue to serve as an MHA and will continue to contribute to the best of my ability as a member of the Ches Crosbie PC team inside and outside of the House of Assembly."
Davis noted his time in political leadership roles, and his primary desire to serve as the MHA for Topsail-Paradise.
"The next chapter of my political career will be focused on the people of my district, the people who have supported me for several years, the people who I ran to serve in the first place," he wrote. "I extend a heartfelt thank you to everyone who have supported me and look forward to the future together."
Crosbie thanked Davis for his time as Opposition leader, in his own social media post, adding: "I look forward to continuing to work with Paul to defeat the Liberals in 2019."