Burke, who replaced former prime minister Tillman Thomas, who did not seek re-election, has called on party supporters who left to “come back home” saying they had an important contribution in rebuilding the party.
The convention on Sunday was overshadowed by the resignation of one of the party’s strategist, William Joseph, who had been openly critical of Burke’s leadership.
But the new party leader, who received the backing of the majority of the 400 delegates, told supporters that the NDP of 2008 was now different with new players engaged in rebuilding and strengthening the organisation that has been in office on two occasions.
“I must apologise to those who have had distressful moments,” he said as he issued a call for former supporters and close associates to have discussions with a view to resolving issues.
“I am willing to meet and discuss whatever were your complaints. There are always differences in family but we can come together and work things out,” he said.