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Congratulations to Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller For Recapturing Premiership of Jamaica

30 Dec

Let’s all join in congratulating Madam Portia Simpson Miller of Jamaica for recapturing the premiership after being rigged out in 2007 by the then out-of-party Jamaica Labor Party.

Let me also thank those of you who may have sent her party PNP well wishes or contributed to her campaign following a plea I made here in my blog Giving a hand to our friends in Jamaica and I thank you in her behalf.

Preliminary official results showed Simpson Miller’s People’s National Party, or PNP, winning 41 of the 63 parliamentary seats at stake in the national election.

The results gave the Jamaica Labor Party, or JLP, of Prime Minister Andrew Holness just 22 seats.

In other words, Madam Portia Miller and her party have won in a landslide and against stiff odds orchestrated by the entrenched machinery she has been fighting all these years.

As I noted in the blog above,

[i]During PEV and throughout the negotiations led by Dr. Kofi Annan, and even afterwards, many friends of Kenya watched in horror as our country stood at a brink of a civil war and offered to help in any way they could. One such friend is Her Excellency the Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, former Prime Minister of Jamaica.

In fact, Hon. Portia Simpson Miller painfully understood our situation because she had been rigged out of the premiership in her re-election bid and yes, it is possible for the out-of-power party to rig elections and a good case study of that is Jamaica and what happened to Hon. Portia Simpson Miller.

Hon. Miller is one of the most amazing person and leader you’ll ever know and Jamaica would be blessed to have her again as its PM.

Unfortunately, however, Madam Portia Miller and her party are going against an entrenched old money machinery akin to our own Kenyatta and Moi era machinery and needs all the help she and her party can get to close the gap with the forces of status quo arrayed against her progressive party and ideals.

I believe if someone does you a favor, you are obligated to return one to them or someone else in their behalf if and when you are able to, or when called to do so.

I once had a conversation with Madam Miller and can tell you her glowing love for Africa and Kenya in particular almost moved me to tears that a foreigner can love our country that much when we were busy tearing it apart.[/i]

I am sure I speak for many in saying we are all very happy Madam Portia Miller has been elected again as Prime Minister of Jamaica.

If you wish to send her and PNP a congratulatory message, go to PNP Contact Page

Peace, and Unity With The People of Jamaica!

Omwenga

Reuters Reporting on the victory:

Jamaica’s ruling party locked in tight election race

6:31pm EST

Jamaica’s ruling party locked in tight election race (02:03)

By Horace Helps

KINGSTON | Thu Dec 29, 2011 11:15pm EST

(Reuters) – Jamaica’s main opposition party rode a wave of discontent with a bad economy to a big win at the polls on Thursday, in elections that swept former Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller back into office.

Preliminary official results showed Simpson Miller’s People’s National Party, or PNP, winning 41 of the 63 parliamentary seats at stake in the national election.

The results gave the Jamaica Labor Party, or JLP, of Prime Minister Andrew Holness just 22 seats.

“The people of Jamaica have spoken,” Holness, 39, told reporters late on Thursday after calling the 66-year-old Simpson Miller to concede defeat.

“I wish the new government well,” he said. “There are challenges that they will face, challenges that we are quite well aware of. And we hope for the benefit of the country and for the interest of the people of Jamaica that they will do a good job,

The center-right JLP is considered slightly more conservative than Simpson Miller’s PNP, which narrowly lost a general election in 2007 after she briefly served as Jamaica’s first female premier.

But there are no major ideological differences between the parties, in a country once notorious for political bloodletting. Analysts have said neither party would have much room for maneuver in office as it deals with a huge debt burden and high unemployment.

Many expect the new government will be forced to implement unpopular austerity measures, including possible layoffs of state workers, in an effort to shore up the economy after it received a $1.27 billion lifeline from the International Monetary Fund last year.

Simpson Miller did not spell out any belt-tightening or other economic measures in a long and rambling victory speech outside her campaign headquarters in the capital, Kingston.

But she has vowed to appeal to the IMF to extend the period Jamaica has to repay any loans, to give the Caribbean island more leeway to jump-start the economy.

Holness took office in October after his predecessor surprisingly resigned.

Although one of the Caribbean’s more developed economies, Jamaica is saddled with a public debt load totaling more than 120 percent of gross domestic product.

That has proved a huge drag on the economy, which is dependent on tourism and has failed to grow over the past four years, sputtering since the JLP took power.

Unemployment has risen to 12.9 percent from 9.8 percent in 2007.

(Writing by Tom Brown; Editing by Peter Cooney)

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Posted by on December 30, 2011 in Politics

 

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2 responses to “Congratulations to Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller For Recapturing Premiership of Jamaica

  1. Joseph Lister Nyaringo

    December 30, 2011 at 1:32 AM

    Wakili Omwenga, the Jamaican story is an indicator of things to come in our land as we prepare to usher the historic year of 2012. Victory is feasible.

     
  2. Samuel N. Omwenga

    January 1, 2012 at 9:43 PM

    Thanks Lister and Happy New Year; you are so right about that!

    Omwenga

     

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