PM Douglas Extends Congrats to Jamaica’s New PM-Elect Portia Simpson

“I just spoke a moment ago to the Cde Leader of the victorious PNP and newly elected PM of Jamaica, Portia Simpson-Miller. I congratulated her on behalf of the Conference of the Heads of Government of CARICOM and more so on behalf of the Government and People of St. Kitts and Nevis,” Prime Minister Douglas said.

Dr. Douglas, who placed the call from his vehicle while at the Carnival Village – venue of the Digicel Miss Caribbean Teen Pageant, at the Warner Park, as part of the 40th Anniversary on National Carnival celebrations, also conveyed the congratulations of the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party (SKNLP) of which he is the National Political Leader.

Simpson-Miller’s PNP won 42 of the 63 seats at stake.

“Our Comrades here of the SKNLP are proud of the decisive victory of our Sister-Party, the PNP, and look forward to closer collaboration and partnership in the future as you take on the mantle of leadership of your country at a time when the region and the world are beset by so many social economic and financial challenges,” said Prime Minister Douglas.

Dr. Douglas also spoke to Cde. Horace Daley, who won North Clarendon easily and greeted all the comrades at Campaign Headquarters.

Both the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party and the People’s National Party are fraternal parties.

Prime Minister designate, Portia Simpson-Miller, Thursday night urged nationals to put aside their political differences and join her People’s National Party (PNP) administration in a building a new Jamaica.

Simpson-Miller, the first ever woman to head of a government in Jamaica, led the PNP to a 42-21 thrashing of the incumbent Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) in Thursday’s general election that was called one year ahead of the constitutional deadline, according to the preliminary results.

“This leader, with her team will be working with all Jamaicans as one Jamaican family, as we shape the future of Jamaica together,” she told supporters celebrating the party’s return to power after it was defeated in the 2007 general election.

CMC reported that in a victory speech interspersed with music, Simpson-Miller said that she had already received congratulatory messages from outgoing Prime Minister Andrew Holness and some leaders within the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) grouping.

Holness, 39, the youngest ever head of government here, now has the dubious record of being the only prime minister to serve one term in office since the island attained political independence from Britain in 1962.

“Starting tomorrow we will be rebuilding. Our campaign for the next government starts tomorrow. We are determined to serve the people of the country in the best way possible.

It is clear to us however that the people of the country still have certain concerns apparently about the Jamaica Labour Party and we will be reflecting on those,” Holiness said in his statement conceding defeat.

Simpson-Miller 66, who served as prime minister from 2006-2007 when then Prime Minister PJ Patterson resigned from active politics, thanked “everybody who played a role in ensuring the PNP’s victory.”

“I am humbled by the support of the Jamaican people and I ask you to ensure that you greet Jamaica labour Party supporters with love,” she added.

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