We meet today to signal the start of a new phase in the life of our nation. Thank you for joining us live for this ceremony on all the multimedia platforms.

I begin by extending formal congratulations to the Prime Minister Designate whom his Parliamentary Colleagues and the people of Jamaica have chosen once again for this high office.

Our country is blessed with traditions and systems which allow for good order in the governance of the nation, and the preservation of respect for the voice of our citizens; and Mr. Andrew Holness has once again earned the right to be the Head of the Government of Jamaica.

It could be said of him that one good term deserves another. It could also be said that higher authority than exists on the human plane, has divinely ordained that he should be placed where he is today.

His record of service thus far may impel the Jamaican community to recall two utterances which can serve as inspiration to this generation.

The first is from a Letter to Timothy, written by Paul: “Let no one look down on your youth, but be an example …in speech, in love, in faith and in purity.”

The second is attributed to a more modern philosopher Benjamin Franklin, “Energy and persistence conquer all things.”

I hardly need to remind our Honourable Prime Minister Designate that Jamaica which is described as an “island paradise” does not escape the stresses and distresses of a world in economic and social turmoil. Therefore, we share in prayer for God’s blessings on him, confident that his faith will indeed be a shield which protects, and that his energy and commitment will ensure his success in leading the government for the betterment of the Nation.

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