BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, FEBRURAY 28TH 2006 - St. Kitts and Nevis' Prime Minister, Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas said Monday that the election of Mrs. Portia Simpson-Miller as the new President of the governing People's National Party (PNP) in Jamaica "is extremely timely," as the Caribbean nations "move close toward greater economic integration."
|St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister the Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas (l) and newly elected President of the ruling People's National Party (PNP) of Jamaica, Hon. Portia Simpson-Miller at a Reception to mark the Signing of the Cariibean Single Market (CSM) at the Mona Campus of the University of the West Indies in Jamaica in January this year. |
Dr. Douglas, in a congratulatory message to Mrs. Simpson-Miller, who is now set to become Jamaica's first female Prime Minister in a few weeks said:
"for some time now, your fellow citizens envisioned you "as the best person to lead the Party,,, someone who would be sensitive to the needs of the poor&..in the society" and "the best performer in the government" deserving to be at the helm."
"Today, your are at the helm, a position you not only deserve, but earned during your thirty four years of service to the Party and your people," said Dr. Douglas, adding: "This is indeed a remarkable achievement and one which does everyone proud, irrespective of gender."
Prime Minister Douglas said his Cabinet and the National Executive of the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party, of which he is National Political Leader, "join me in extending a warm welcome to you to the leadership, and a firm hand of comraderie as we toil untiringly and collectively to make our islands in the Caribbean the most enviable corner in the vast global community."
Simpson-Miller, who was Guest Speaker at a previous ruling St. Kitts-Nevis Labour National Conference, won the PNP elections with 1,775 votes. She defeated her closest rival, National Security Minister Dr. Peter Phillips (1,538); Finance and Planning Minister Dr. Omar Davies (283) and former Water and Housing Minister, Karl Blythe (204).