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Holness: I am your humble servant

Published:Thursday | March 10, 2016 | 2:13 PM
Holness: We can be forceful without being disruptive, we can be insightful without being insultive.
Leader of Government Business Derrick Smith on his feet beside Prime Minister Andrew Holness.

Jovan Johnson, Parliamentary Reporter

Calling himself the humble servant of the people and steward of their affairs, Andrew Holness on Thursday afternoon pledged to be an activist Prime Minister who will lead from the front.

Holness was speaking in Parliament after he and other Government and Opposition MPs were sworn in as members of the House of Representatives.

Acknowledging the change in Government, the new Prime Minister praised the electoral authorities for the way it conducted the February 25 general election.

The 43-year-old leader also urged his fellow parliamentarians not to be disrespectful in their conduct.

"We can be forceful without being disruptive, we can be insightful without being insultive," he said.

Holness also reminded MPs that they are to stick to their promises and be good leaders.

 The same way we crossed many bridges, climbed many hills to get the votes now that we have them we must keep our promises, he said.

"(We must) make ourselves equally accessible and uphold highest standard of public conduct."

Mindful of the thin majority his side holds, the Prime Minister said "this is the time for cooperation".

In the February 25 election, the JLP won 32 seats to the PNP's 31.

In the meantime, Holness said his government has already started to fast track investment projects that are only being held up by the lack of decisions.