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Please give me a round of applause, Portia pleads

Published:Sunday | September 20, 2015 | 9:03 PM
People's National Party supporters inside the National Arena in St Andrew this afternoon.

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller this afternoon took to the microphone at the 77th Annual Conference of the People's National Party (PNP) reeling off what she called progress in the economy, health, education and other sectors.

But it appeared that the thousands of orange-clad Comrades gathered inside the National Arena were not in sync with the Prime Minister, at least on one count.

As Simpson Miller turned to the area of job creation, she cited that some 60,000 jobs were provided under the Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme (JEEP).

With no applause coming from the Comrades, Simpson Miller asked for it.

"Sixty thousand jobs and no clapping?" she asked, "Come on man, come on man," she said begged.

Earlier, the Prime Minister heaped praises on Finance Minister Dr Peter Phillips, a former political rival for the leadership of the PNP.

Boasting of Phillips' success in the ministry, she said Jamaica  has passed ‎all nine quarterly reviews targeted by the International Monetary Fund.

The Prime Minister also said the Jamaica's debt has been reduced and that the country is in a much better place than in 2011 under the Jamaica Labour Party government.