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Portia Simpson-Miller: Prime Minister, Jamaica, 2006-2007 and 2012 - 2016

Portia Simpson-Miller was the first female Prime Minister of Jamaica. She had been the Minister of Local Government and Sport since October 2002. She previously served as Minister of Labor, Welfare and Sports from 1989 to 1993. When she re-entered parliament for South West St. Andrew; she was first elected, for that constituency, in 1976. She was Minister of Labor and Welfare from 1993 to 1995, Minister of Labor, Social Security and Sports from 1995 to February 2000, and Minister of Tourism and Sports from February 2000 to October 2002. She was also Vice President of the PNP from 1978 to 2006. In appointing her first cabinet following her swearing-in, she also assumed the portfolio of defense minister. In January 2012 she was re-elected as Prime Minister of Jamaica, a position she held until March 2016. After that she was the Leader of the Opposition from March 2016 to April 2017.



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