Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, says Jamaicans have sent a clear message that they want a more accountable and transparent government, which consults with them.
"We will present the facts to the Jamaican people, based on rigorous analysis. Our approach must be to right the wrongs and insist on accountability. Let us learn from our past, absorb the lessons and go forward. We only need to look back to confirm where we are coming from, and to correct our errors and weaknesses as we look to the future. That is the way of progress. My administration will not engage in a blame-game,” the Prime Minister said.
Mrs. Simpson Miller was speaking yesterday at her swearing-in ceremony at King's House.
The new Prime Minister also vowed to reject governmental extravagance and be vigilant in eliminating corruption. “On my watch, I pledge that the rule of law will be paramount; and we will serve with humility. On my watch, I pledge that we will honour the faith and trust of the Jamaican people,” she added.
Mrs. Simpson Miller said that the mandate which Jamaicans gave the People’s National Party (in the general election) on December 29 is a call to action.
"It is a signal from our people that we, the government, must earn their trust. It also gives us the opportunity to ease the burdens and the pressures of increasing poverty, joblessness and a deteriorating standard of living. The mandate is a cry for us to restore hope,” the Prime Minister said.
She also noted that the mandate calls for the protection of the “good name” of Jamaica at home and in the eyes of the international community, and that Jamaica must remain for all, a “quality brand,” which gives citizens, from all walks of life, the opportunity to achieve their goals.
Mrs. Simpson Miller said her team is conscious of the awesome task which they will have to face, as there is greater debt, increased poverty levels, and tighter fiscal space.
She expressed humility in being given the opportunity to lead the nation as it stands at a crossroads.
"In our political history, it is a rare opportunity to be given a second chance to lead. It is also a sobering experience. But, I have been strengthened by the experience of going through the first phase of the journey. And, after being tested and tempered, I stand before you, today, a stronger and better person, who is prepared to be of service to my country and people," she said.
Mrs. Simpson Miller, the nation’s 7th Prime Minister, is being installed for the second time.
By Chris Patterson, JIS Reporter
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