OAS congratulates new Jamaica Prime Minister

Andrew Holness Jamaica Prime Minister

New Jamaica Prime Minister, Andrew Holness

As Jamaica’s new Prime Minister Andrew Holness spends his first day in office, Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, is promising full hemispheric support to his cabinet.

Insulza, a congratulatory message to Holness on Monday told the new Jamaican leader that the OAS stands ready to provide full support and cooperation where needed.

39-year old Holness, who served as the country’s Education Minister under Prime Minister Bruce Golding is Jamaica’s ninth Prime Minister and the youngest.

Holness who was sworn in at a special ceremony on Sunday, has taken over the helm from Bruce Golding who, in what many have described as sudden, announced his resignation from the Jamaica Labour Party and as Prime Minister of the country.

In his congratulatory letter to Holness, Insulza was high in praise for the apparent seamless transition from one leader to another.

“It’s a tribute to Jamaica’s unwavering commitment to democracy that the transfer of state power on Sunday passed from one elected Member of Parliament to another.

He told Holness that his country “should take pride in the smooth transition of leadership in Government.”

The head of the OAS recalled in the letter that “Jamaica has been a strong and consistent partner in the work and efforts of the Organization in the Hemisphere.”

At his swearing in ceremony, Holness called for an end to what he describes as garrison politics and for the beginning of team work in the building of the nation.

“Both political parties have it within them to mutually agree to end the social construct of the garrison,” Holness said.

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