Portia Simpson Miller arrives for Parliament on Tuesday. (PHOTO: Llewellyn Wynter)
South West St Catherine Member of Pariament (MP), Everald Warmington, the Acting Leader of Government Business in the House of Representtatives, led a host of emotional tributes to former Prime Minister, Portia Simpson Miller, during a joint sitting of both Houses of Parliament this afternoon for a special send-off to the long-serving leader.
Simpson Miller will resign on Thursday of this week as Member of Parliament (MP) for South West St Andrew, a position she has held for over 40 years, with the exception of the period 1983-1989, when the People's National Party (PNP) was absent from the parliament.
Former Prime Ministers, Edward Seaga and PJ Patterson, along with overseas parliamentary representatives, were also on hand to shower praise on Simpson Miller, Jamaica's first prime minister, who twice served in that capacity, from March 2006 to September 2007, and from 2012 to 2016, and led the PNP for over 11 years.
Portia says goodbye to Parliament
Warmington, a cousin of Simpson Miller, noted that the parish of St Catherine has produced three Jamaican Prime Ministers, Simpson Miller, Bruce Golding and Andrew Holness, making it "the best of all 14 parishes in the country".
He cited Simpson Miller's fondness for the interest of the poor, which he said was symptomatic of her humble upbringing in rural St Catherine.
Former Finance Minister, Dr Omar Davies, the MP for the neighbouring South St Andrew constituency, will also be resigning from that position on Thursday. Both MPs are scheduled to hand in their resignations to House Speaker, Pearnel Charles.