Ann-Marie Vaz sworn in as Portland Eastern MP
Ann-Marie Vaz has been sworn in as Member of Parliament for Portland Eastern.
Vaz took the Oath of Allegiance in Gordon House this afternoon.
"Mrs Vaz I welcome you to the Parliament," declared House Speaker Pearnel Charles.
Applause and desk-thumping broke out among Government members as she was invited to take the oath.
The occasion was witnessed from the gallery by her 99-year-old grandmother Eva-May Wright.
Afterward, she greeted Prime Minister Andrew Holness, Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips, and other parliamentarians on both sides.
Moments later, she shared a long embrace with her husband, Member of Parliament for Portland Western Daryl Vaz, on the floor of Gordon House.
Her swearing-in comes nearly two weeks after she defeated the People's National Party candidate Damion Crawford in the April 4 by-election.
Vaz polled 9,989 votes to 9,670 for Crawford.
The by-election was called following the murder of Dr Lynvale Bloomfield in February.