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Ann-Marie Vaz sworn in as Portland Eastern MP

Published:Tuesday | April 16, 2019 | 3:29 PM
Portland Eastern Member of Parliament Ann-Marie Vaz (left) takes the Oath of Allegiance during her sworn in led by Deputy Clerk of the Houses of Parliament, Valrie Curtis, on April 16, 2019 - Kenyon Heman photo

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.

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