GOVERNOR General Sir Patrick Allen has called on Jamaicans to unite and cooperate with the newly installed Portia Simpson Miller-led Government.
Sir Patrick, noting that the people have spoken in the recently concluded general election, said despite the challenges and obstacles faced, the democratic process by which national leaders are elected is still seen as sacrosanct.
"The Jamaican electorate has shown in this past election that as a people we have a matured understanding that regardless of our preferences and differences, the process can be engaged without violence and fear," the governor general told the large gathering at the swearing-in ceremony at King's House in St Andrew Thursday for Jamaica's seventh prime minister, Simpson Miller, who is returning to office for the second time.
In heaping praises on Simpson Miller, Sir Patrick commended her "resilience, courage in the face of obstacles, indomitable faith in the Jamaican people and devotion to the cause of public service over so many years".
"You have been prepared not only in the academic university but also the 'University of Life Experiences' to become a role model and icon in the Jamaican political landscape."
He said Simpson Miller is returning to office at a watershed moment in Jamaica's history when she will lead the 50th year of the Independence jubilee celebration.
"Whereas we would not want these to dampen the celebration of our achievements, the assurance of strong decisive leadership coupled with patient understanding will help to create the balance that is needed at this critical juncture in our history," he said.
Sir Patrick told the prime minister that as she sets about with humility to increase the level of trust in the society and strengthen the mechanisms of transparency and accountability, she will inspire faith to move mountains. "I believe Jamaicans will walk side by side with you," he said.
The governor general also thanked outgoing prime minister Andrew Holness for his stewardship of the country, which he took charge of two months ago.
"It is said that the final test of a leader is that he leaves in others the conviction and the will to carry on," he said. He added further that Holness' role will continue to be critical in Jamaica's democratic process.
"We thank you for your service in upholding our enviable democratic traditions at a crucial time in our history," Sir Patrick told the former prime minister.