Tuesday, September 21

The Right Honourable Portia Simpson Miller Formally Takes Office

The Right Honourable Portia Simpson-Miller has been elected as the president of Jamaica’s ruling People’s National Party (PNP) and has now succeeding PJ Paterson as the Prime Minister of Jamaica.

Mrs Miller created history and became the first female Prime Minister of Jamaica after claiming leadership of the People’s National Party (PNP) after being Vice President of the PNP since 1978.

Over 6000 invited guests witnessed Mrs Miller’s swearing in ceremony on the lawn of King’s House, St Andrew. In her acceptance speech she outlined the path she intended to take as the Prime Minister of Jamaica with each point being cheered on by exuberant guests.

Mrs Simpson-Miller’s cabinate consists of;

Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, Prime Minister and Minister of Defence with responsibility for Sports and Women’s Affairs

Aloun Ndombet Assamba, Minister of Tourism, Entertainment and Culture

Dr. Peter Phillips, Minister of National Security and Leader of Government Business in the House of Representatives

Maxine Henry-Wilson, Minister of Education and Youth

Roger Clarke, Minister of Agriculture and Land

Senator A. J. Nicholson, Attorney General, Minister of Justice and Leader of Government Business in the Senate

Senator Anthony Hylton, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade

Phillip Paulwell, Minister of Industry, Commerce, Science and Technology (with Energy)

Dr. Omar Davies, Minister of Finance and Planning

Dean Peart, Minister of Local Government and Environment

Horace Dalley, Minister of Health

Robert Pickersgill, Minister of Housing, Transport and Works

Derrick Kellier, Minister of Labour and Social Security

Senator Colin Campbell, Minister of Information and Development.