PM Douglas tells Portia Simpson-Miller her ‘perseverance and dedication to the cause of the Masses has been duly rewarded’

Portia Simpson Miller

BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, DECEMBER 31ST 2012 (CUOPM) – St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas has told new Prime Minister of Jamaica, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson-Miller that her “perseverance and dedication to the cause of the Masses has been duly rewarded.”

“I am certain that you and your comrades in the People’s National Party are armed with the resolve and proficiency needed to empower, guide and secure all Jamaicans,” said Dr. Douglas on Friday in a formal letter from his office on the resounding election victory of Simpson-Miller and her People’s National Party (PNP) following general elections on Thursday.

“Congratulations to you and the People’s National Party (PNP) for your victory at the Polls. The “People Power” theme of your campaign obviously resonated with the electorate to provide your Party with the decisive and historic victory. Your enduring love for the Jamaican people is an embodiment of the spirit of your country’s motto ‘Out of Many, One People,’ said Prime Minister Douglas, who had called Simpson-Miller by telephone late Thursday.

The St. Kitts and Nevis leader reminded Simpson-Miller that her first stint as Prime Minister of Jamaica was short-lived, “but even during that period from March 2006 to September 2007, you brought to the fore a magnanimous ability- cultivated long before your political career- to serve the Masses, safeguarding the interests of society’s poorest and most marginalized.”

“Your strong record of success in the areas of labour, sports and tourism precedes your presidency of the PNP and your long list of achievements in mobilizing women and youth, in particular, for collective action on issues of critical importance to their social development is widely known and appreciated,” said Dr. Douglas, the longest serving Prime Minister Douglas in the Caribbean.

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