Jamaica’s first female Prime Minister, Portia Simpson Miller, was sworn in for the second time on Thursday. Miller, who briefly held the position in 2007, won a convincing victory in last week’s elections.

Prime Minister Simpson said she aims to fix Jamaica’s ailing economy, get crime under control, heal deep-seeded political divisions, and cut ties to the British monarchy.

During her swearing-in speech, Simpson said the time had come to finally cut all ties to Britain and begin the process of turning Jamaica into a republic.

Simpson said, “I love the Queen – she is a beautiful lady.” She continued in patios, “But I think time come.”

Despite  declaring its independence from Britain in 1962, Jamaica remains apart of the Commonwealth and has Queen Elizabeth II as its head of state.

According to the Washington Post, “Simpson Miller also said she will replace the Privy Council in London with the Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice as Jamaica’s highest court of appeal. She said this will ‘end judicial surveillance from London.’”

Jamaica is plagued with problems, including crushing debt, high poverty rates, and rampant crime, however, during her 45-minute speech, Simpson says she will “will work tirelessly that while we try to balance the books we balance people’s lives as well.”

  • iQgraphics

    This is an epic change for Jamaica. She was also speaking on gay rights. I will follow her to see the changes that come.

  • ruggie

    Miller is a very progressive woman. She is against homophobia in her country and has some great ideas to move Jamaica forward. I wish her, and the nation of Jamaica, all the best.

  • http://www.womenaregamechangers.com Women Are Gamechangers

    I wish her the best of luck. I truly hope she accomplishes everything she sets out to do.

  • C

    This is so exciting! I didn’t even know that Jamaica had a female PM in the past. *embarrassed*

    I hope she can turn things around!

  • Kissa a Jamaican

    Removing ties with England is a bad move doing so will weaken an already down graded Jamaican dollar…With the backing of England Jamaica can tap into many resources…Why go with Trinidad another poor island…Jamaican politicians and politics are very corrupt they need a country like England to over see their misdeeds. By allying Trinidad makes me wonder if they are trying to find a country who would over look their wrong doings…How corrupt my Jamaica is research about the Dudus case and see for your self… I love Jamaica and I am proud to have a woman as Prime Minister(president). I just believe this is a move that can hurt the country more than help…

  • Kissa a Jamaican

    * correction*
    Removing ties with England is a bad move doing so will weaken an already down graded Jamaican dollar…With the backing of England Jamaica can tap into many resources…Why go with Trinidad another poor island…Jamaican politicians and politics are very corrupt they need a country like England to over see their misdeeds. By allying with Trinidad makes me wonder if they are trying to find a country who would over look their wrong doings…How corrupt my Jamaica is research about the Dudus case and see for your self… I love Jamaica and I am proud to have a woman as Prime Minister(president). I just believe this is a move that can hurt the country more than help…

  • Dee

    First, Jamaica can–and probably will–remain a part of the Commonwealth despite shedding the Queen as head of state. many other Commonwealth countries have the same arrangement. They benefit from the resources available through various Commonwealth foundations.

    Second, the Caribbean Court of Justice is a regional body. Although based in Trinidad, many countries have turned to the council as the highest judicial body. Jamaica’s presence will give further credibility to the CCJ. Additionally, since Jamaica is joining, there may be discussions about opining an office on the island.

  • titilayo

    To say that “many” countries have turned to the CCJ as the highest judicial body is perhaps an exaggeration. I think that so far, it’s only three countries: Barbados, Guyana, Belize, althought other countries support the idea in principle. This will be Jamaica’s second try (the first was under this same party that’s currently in power, I believe) at making the CCJ their final court of appeal. This time they should have learned from the legal mistakes they made last time; it’s an issue they’re going to have to take to referendum. The republic issue will also have to go to a people’s referendum, and it will be interesting to see the level of support it receives.

  • TheBestAnonEver, Part 2

    I love her speech and will be following her closely. I know it is hard from some to cut the ties to Britain due to a myriad of reasons, but those ties are not always beneficial.

  • Tonton Michel

    Curious to see how much has England invested in the country, the more money they have tied up there the less likely they would be at letting go.

  • http://www.tumblr.com/annaleishamae Annaleisha

    Portia, is an embarrasment to JA for a number of reasons. One of which, she is uneducated and does not have the commom sense and experience to compensate! I love JA, and they are going to need some more people praying on their behalf. I know the Dudus case completely tarnished the JLP party (other Jamaican party) however Golding really was a more suitable person for the job. He did need to step down though. I wish that there was someone else who could do the job instead of Portia!!!

    Jamaica’s situation will only get worse, not simply because of Portia but beause of the mentailty of people nowadays! I doubt any real improvement will be seen in crime or political and police corruption. not in JA or any other country infact.

    The whole Gay law review is interesting but will be poorly recieved. It already is…. **sigh**

    The future is bleak…

  • ThisIshRightHere

    Congrats to her!

  • Dani

    Ummm Trinidad is far from being a poor island. One of the wealthiest in the Caribbean. Corrupt yes, but poor no. I’m pretty sure Britian will not let JA go that easily.

  • rara

    This is tru but this needs to happen. Some could argue that Jamaica is over reliant on the UK and other countries’ subsidies. Further businesses based abroad drain much needed capital from the country.Hopefully she will be more successful than Manley!

  • Ali

    I don’t know what Trinidad got to do with Jamaica’s situation but the island nation is definitely not poor. Like Dani said Trinidad got a lot of corrupt leaders even though we also have a female prime minister right now but I can assure you it’s not poor. I don’t see why Jamaica can’t be a republic but I think Portia should work on the economic and crime situation in the country before she makes such a move.

  • Fee

    That’s how I feel Like why in the world would she wants to cut ties with the QUEEN and go to another Island I do not believe that is smart at all. Plus I am currently in a thrid world country and got my passport and everything stolen, and I just found out that I can actually go to the British Embassy because Jamica is under the Common wealth like – this is bad is move she does!!

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