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Portia to get keys to city

Thursday, March 13, 2014    

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A resolution for the keys to the city to be presented to Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller was unanimously supported by both People's National Party (PNP) and Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Councillors at Tuesday's council meeting of the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation (KSAC).

The resolution, which was moved by PNP councillor Audrey Smith-Facey (Payne Land Division), argued for Simpson Miller to be presented the Keys to the City as a mark of commendation for having served as a councillor at the KSAC, her elevation to be the first female prime minister of Jamaica, and her celebration of 40 years in representational politics.

Councillor Eugene Kelly (Whitfield Division, PNP) praised the prime minister for never forgetting where she came from.

The JLP's Tosha Schwapp, minority leader of the council, said that women were no longer in a purely domesticated role. She said Simpson Miller, as Jamaica's first female prime minister, deserved to be honoured.

Meanwhile, JLP Councillor John Myers (Lawrence Tavern Division) was emotional in his praise of the prime minister and said that it was awesome that she was able to "move from the bottom up".

His colleague Councillor Duane Smith (Chancery Hall Division) said that Simpson Miller had defied the odds and had an extraordinary political career.

"Presentation of the keys to the prime minister is most deserving and long overdue. As a two-time prime minister, she has a lot to be proud of," he said.

Meanwhile, another resolution passed by the St Thomas Parish Council in January, calling on the United States government to lift the economic embargo against Cuba, was also supported by the KSAC Council on Tuesday.

— Claudienne Edwards

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