New PM takes office


March 04, 2016
Prime Minister Andrew Holness shares the stage with entertainer Nesbeth who performed at the swearing-in ceremony on Thursday.

Newly installed Prime Minister Andrew Holness says he intends to lead a Government of partnership. "To achieve the vision of shared prosperity through inclusive growth and meaningful job creation, now more than ever, Government must lead, activate, empower and build real partnerships," the prime minister emphasised.

"The sum of our potential exceeds our problems; our collective capabilities are greater than our challenges. But it is only through partnership that these capabilities and this potential can be seized, harnessed and realised for the good of Jamaica."

Holness was speaking at his inauguration ceremony at King's House yesterday, where he was sworn into office by Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen.

The prime minister said it is with a "deep sense of gratitude, honour, and humility" that he took the Oath of Office, "fully conscious of the magnitude of expectations and responsibility I have assumed."

"I pledge to serve the people of Jamaica faithfully, with all of my energies, all of my heart, mind, and soul," he added.

Holness was also invested with the Order of the Nation (ON) by Chief Justice Zaila McCalla, which formally accords him the title of 'Most Honourable'.

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