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#JaVotes2016: Victorious Holness says it will not be business as usual

Published:Friday | February 26, 2016 | 2:07 AM
Prime Minister designate Andrew Holness hugs the winning candidate for St Catherine Central, Olivia Babsy Grange - Rudolph Brown Photo

Gary Spaulding, Senior Gleaner Writer

Jamaica Labour Party Leader (JLP) Andrew Holness has told Jamaicans to hold his administration to account following the party's memorable victory over the People’s National Party.

"I want to thank God for this victory and the people of Jamaica for investing in me the opportunity to lead them," he declared as he took the stage.

"It has been a long journey."

Holness told supporters that he was acutely aware of the consequences of his victory and vowed not let them down.

"It will not be business as usual," he promised.

Six months after surviving a leadership scare, Holness is set to return to the zenith of his political career for his second stint as Prime Minister of Jamaica.

Holness took the stage only minutes after his mentor, former JLP Leader and Prime Minister Edward Seaga gave the younger politician his blessing.

Flanked by his wife, Juliet who won the St Andrew East Rural seat, Holness, also shared stage with other stalwarts, including Desmond McKenzie, Delroy Chuck, Derrick Smith and Olivia Grange and Karl Samuda.

Declaring that the country has indicated that it desired not only a new Government but a new style of governance, Holness vowed that he will not take the electorate for granted.

The JLP leader also promised that the government he will be changing the way things are done.

"We have carried a message and the people of Jamaica accepted our message, but this is not the end, it is just the beginning," he said.