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Jamaica Elects New Prime Minister

KINGSTON, Jamaica –  The Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) has won the General  Election, which was held on February 25.

Preliminary results show that the JLP, led by its Leader, Mr. Andrew Holness, has won 33 seats, while the People’s National Party (PNP), led by Prime Minister,  the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller,  won 30 seats.  In the 2011 general elections, the JLP won 21 seats, while the PNP won 42 seats.

Andrew Holness
Andrew Holness

In his victory speech at the JLP’s headquarters  on  Belmont Road,  Mr. Holness thanked the people of Jamaica  for the victory.

“It has been a long and arduous journey. We have carried a message of hope,  that Jamaica can be a better place  and the people have accepted the message,” he said.

Mr. Holness  said this is not the end of  a journey, and gave a commitment that  the Government will not work as usual.

“We are going to change the way Government works. We have been given stewardship of the country and we stand to be accountable. We will keep the commitments we have made to the  people,” he said.

Conceding victory, Mrs. Simpson Miller commended the JLP for winning the election.

This is the 17th General Election to be held in the country since Universal Adult Suffrage in 1944.

Mr. Holness won his West Central St. Andrew constituency, while Mrs. Simpson Miller  won her seat in South West St. Andrew.

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