February 27, 2006
Jamaica is to get its first female prime minister next month when the count
Jamaica is to get its first female prime minister next month when the country's current leader, 70-year old PJ Patterson, steps down. Patterson is retiring after 14 years in office to be replaced by the newly elected leader of the ruling People's National Party, Portia Simpson Miller. Miller, 60, minister of local government, community development and sport, beat off rival party candidate and national security minister, Dr Peter Phillips, considered to be the favorite to succeed.