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JAMAICA - Simpson-Miller's plan for Jamaica


Date March 31, 2006 Compliments of the Nation News

Jamaica has its first female Prime Minister. After much pomp and ceremony 60-year-old Portia Simpson-Miller was yesterday sworn in as Prime Minister

Jamaica has its first female Prime Minister. After much pomp and ceremony 60-year-old Portia Simpson-Miller was yesterday sworn in as Prime Minister by Governor-General Professor Kenneth Hall at King's House, the official residence of the governor-general in Kingston. Simpson-Miller took over the reins of the ruling PeopleÕs National Party from P.J. Patterson, who led Jamaica for the past 14 years. Here, she displays the instrument of office and waves to the audience of more than 6 000 after she was declared Prime Minister of Jamaica. (Picture by Bryan Cummings/Jamaica Observer)

Jamaica's Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller greeting her predecessor P. J. Patterson, while St Vincent and the Grenadines' Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves (second right) and Barbados' Prime Minister Owen Arthur look on. (Photo: Jamaica Observer)

Jamaica's Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller greeting her predecessor P. J. Patterson, while St Vincent and the Grenadines' Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves (second right) and Barbados' Prime Minister Owen Arthur look on.

KINGSTON, Jamaica - Portia Simpson-Miller pledged to rid Jamaica of violent crime plaguing the country, root out corruption, and protect human rights as she was sworn in yesterday as the Caribbean nation's first woman prime minister.

Simpson-Miller, took the oath of allegiance to her country before thousands of people, including top Caribbean leaders, Nation of Islam's Louis Farrakhan and Essence magazine Editorial Director, Susan Taylor.

"The first pledge I make as prime minister is to advance human rights and individual liberties. Each individual is sacred and none is better than the other," said Simpson-Miller, 60, who received loud cheers from her supporters at the swearing-in on the lawns of King's House.

"I pledge to work tirelessly to end all corruption and extortion. Both of these diminish our economic potential and I will do everything in my power to break the power of the criminals."

A longtime member of parliament who represented some of Jamaica's poorest neighbourhoods, Simpson-Miller beat three opponents to take over leadership of the ruling People's National Party from P.J. Patterson, who led Jamaica for the past 14 years.

She said her ascension to Jamaica's leadership post was "a true manifestation of the Jamaican dream. This indicates that any child, regardless of circumstances, can rise to the top."

Simpson-Miller has also pledged to work with the opposition and her supporters say they hope that her becoming the first female prime minister will inspire others in a country where about 12 per cent of political posts are held by women.

Simpson Miller's supporters say they hope that her becoming the first female prime minister will inspire others in a country where about 12 per cent of political posts are held by women. (AP)



 

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