OAS Secretary General Congratulates New Prime Minister of Jamaica

KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, has congratulated the Prime Minister-designate of Jamaica, Portia Simpson Miller, on her electoral victory following the General Elections of December 29, 2011, asserting that her return to office “is confirmation of the confidence which the people of Jamaica have in your leadership abilities.”

In a letter to the Prime Minister-designate, the head of the OAS noted that according to Jamaican election reports, the people of that Caribbean country were able to exercise their right to vote freely and fairly and a peaceful atmosphere prevailed. “This is a tribute to the strongly held democratic traditions for which the Caribbean region is well known and further proof that democracy continues to be strengthened in Jamaica,” he wrote.

Finally, Secretary General Insulza extended the full support of the hemispheric Organization to Prime Minister Simpson Miller’s government, adding that he wishes to “assure you that the Organization stands ready to work with you and your administration in advancing the country’s development needs.”

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