Prime Minister Simpson-Miller has also been receiving words of guidance and encouragement from her fellow Caribbean leaders, including the Prime Minister of St. Kitts & Nevis, who has already dispatched a formal letter of congratulations.
Dr. Douglas told the Jamaican leader, “The Government and people of the Federation of
St Kitts and Nevis salute you, Madame Prime Minister and commit ourselves in solidarity as you begin to “build a new Jamaica”. I welcome you back to the league of regional leaders and look forward to working with you for the betterment of our region,” said Dr. Douglas in his official congratulatory message.
In his message, Prime Minister Douglas expressed confidence that despite the myriad of challenges “with which our countries are currently confronted, not least Jamaica, you will be brazen in your approach and surmount them with the support of the people, which your charisma, leadership and strong resolve will help to garner.”
Recognizing that Mrs. Miller’s party was only four years ago voted out of office and forced onto the opposition benches of the island’s parliament, Douglas told his counterpart, that her “perseverance and dedication to the cause of the Masses has been duly rewarded.”
The St. Kitts and Nevis leader reminded Simpson-Miller that her first stint as Prime Minister of Jamaica was short-lived, “but even during that period from March 2006 to September 2007, you brought to the fore a magnanimous ability- cultivated long before your political career- to serve the Masses, safeguarding the interests of society’s poorest and most marginalized.”
“Congratulations to you and the People’s National Party (PNP) for your victory at the Polls. The “People Power” theme of your campaign obviously resonated with the electorate to provide your Party with the decisive and historic victory. Your enduring love for the Jamaican people is an embodiment of the spirit of your country’s motto ‘Out of Many, One People,’ said Prime Minister Douglas, who had called Simpson-Miller by telephone late Thursday.
Douglas was observed late Thursday night, (29th December, 2011), hustling from his VIP seat during the Caribbean Talented Teen Pageant, held at Carnival Village in Basseterre…cell phone in hand with a smile on his face, rushing to his vehicle, where he remained for approximately a half hour, on the phone with his political colleagues in the People’s National Party.