Senator-elect Lyndon Farnham has announced he will not stand to be Jersey's next Chief Minister.

After declaring his interest for the role in January, Mr Farnham said the majority of support is now with Ian Gorst and John Le Fondré.

Mr Farnham has said he is "realistic" in his expectations and believes the best way forward is to have a contest between the remaining two candidates.

After having spoken with States members over the last few days it is clear that the majority of support is lying with Senator elect Gorst and Senator elect Le Fondré for the role of Chief Minister. With that in mind, and after careful consideration, I have decided not to put my name forward.

Senator-Elect Lyndon Farnham

The States' newly-elected politicians have until 5pm today to declare their intention of standing for Chief Minister to the States Greffe.