Emotional Farewell For Portia Simpson-Miller

A visibly emotional Lisa Hanna hugs Portia Simpson Miller after she gave her last speech as PNP party leader. (Photo: Bryan Cummings) From jamaicaobserver.com

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The Honorable Portia Simpson-Miller waved while the tears that she had hell back during her farewell speech finally fell from her eyes and she did not cry alone.


The first female Prime Minister of Jamaica, and first female leader of the People’s National Party (PNP).

She served her country for over thirty years, but it was time to hand over the baton to the fifth leader of the People’s National Party (PNP), Dr. Peter Phillips, on Sunday, March 26, 2017.

An evening of mixed emotions, one of jubilance and sadness.


Jubilance that a devoted, hard working member of the People’s National Party will now be rewarded for his years’ of service, by becoming the new leader.


“I’ll go, but I will think of you every step of the way… and I will always love you…” from a soundtrack by, Whitney Houston was the perfect song that ceased the moment at the National Arena; as sadness shocked the loyal supporters and members of the People’s National Party, including Hon. Portia Simpson-Miller, so that they could not control the tears that kept falling from their eyes.

So emotional was Councillor Venesha Phllips that she could not sit still. In tears, Councillor Venesha Phllips rushed out of the National Arena in an attempt to compose herself. The emotional Councillor shared the following words about Hon Portia Simpson-Miller;


She has been here longer than I have been and it is a bittersweet moment and I know Dr (Peter) Phillips is capable but some of us have been so close to her so it’s just a lot of emotions, a lot of what ifs, but the PNP is the party that still has the people’s best interest at heart.

Hon Portia Simpson-Miller concluded her farewell speech by proclaiming her love for the People’s National Party, her rising from humble beginnings to become the first female vice president, and president of the PNP; as well as the country first female prime minister.

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