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Holness congratulates Minnis, Macron on election victories

Published:Friday | May 12, 2017 | 5:00 AM
Prime Minister-elect Dr Hubert Minnis of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.
President-elect of France Emmanuel Macron.
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Prime Minister Andrew Holness has warmly congratulated Prime Minister-elect Dr Hubert Minnis of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas and President-elect of France Emmanuel Macron on their impressive victory at the polls.

Minnis's Free National Movement yesterday won the national election in The Bahamas by 35-4 seats, while Macron swept to victory on Sunday.

In his letter to Minnis, Holness said, "On behalf of the Government and the people of Jamaica, I extend heartiest congratulations. Jamaica and The Bahamas have shared a strong bilateral relationship, and I am confident that your administration will further deepen our ties."

Holness also noted that The Bahamas is an integral partner in CARICOM.

 

I, TOO, WAS 39

 

Holness also noted the historic victory by Macron.

"I, too, became prime minister of Jamaica at age 39, and I recognise the hard work, sacrifices, and commitment it takes to be afforded the opportunity to lead a nation so early in one's career," said Holness.

"Your election victory represents an unprecedented achievement in the history of French politics. The people of France, by their vote, have definitively signalled a desire for change and have placed their confidence in your ability to chart the best course for the country over the next five years. They have demonstrated their overwhelming support for your vision of a French Republic that is socially inclusive and deeply rooted in the enduring principles of libertÈ, ÈgalitÈ, fraternitÈ, with closer political and economic union with your partners in Europe."

Holness also emphasised that Jamaica placed great value on the strong bonds of friendship and cooperation that Jamaica and France have enjoyed over the last 55 years.

He expressed optimism that the mutually beneficial relations would be further strengthened under Macron's leadership.