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Former Prime Minister of Jamaica, P.J. Patterson has expressed his “sense of privilege” in serving the country as head of government for the past 14 years.
Mr. Patterson, in his formal letter of resignation as Prime Minister, also expressed confidence that the nation would “enjoy peace, harmony, social justice and prosperity now and forever.”
The letter, which was presented to Governor General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Professor Kenneth Hall last Thursday (March 30), served to hand over the reins of leadership to Portia Simpson Miller, who was sworn in as Prime Minister on the same day.
The correspondence, stated: “This letter serves to formally advise you of my retirement as the Prime Minister of Jamaica and thereby enable you to proceed with the immediate appointment of Hon. Portia Lucretia Simpson Miller in accordance with the provisions of section 70 (1) of our Constitution”.
A day later (March 31), Mr. Patterson also tendered his letter of resignation as Member of Parliament for the Eastern Westmoreland Constituency to Speaker of the House of Representatives, Michael Peart, stating that it was “an honour and privilege” to have served in the House over the years.
He further expressed confidence that the members of the legislature “will continue to contribute meaningfully to the growth, stability and progress of the nation, and discharge their duties with diligence and energy”.
Mr. Patterson has resigned after a 30-year political career, 14 of which were spent as Prime Minister of Jamaica. Over the three decades, he held portfolio responsibility as Leader of Opposition Business in the Senate; Opposition Spokesman for Youth and Community Development; Minister of Industry, Tourism and Foreign Trade; Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism; Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs; Minister of Development Planning and Production; Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Development and Planning; Prime Minister and Minister of Defence; and was Member of Parliament for the Westmoreland East constituency.