Portia Simpson-Miller bows out of politics

Former Jamaica Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller is calling it quits after 35 years as a member of parliament.

Jamaica’s first female Prime Minister is set to resign as the parliamentary representative for South West St Andrew on June 29.

The former Prime Minister will step down along with her parliamentary colleague and former Finance Minister Omar Davies, the MP for South St Andrew.

Leader of Opposition Business in the House Phillip Paulwell announced that Simpson Miller and Dr Davies would both submit letters of intent to resign to Speaker of the House, according to the Jamaica Observer.

Simpson-Miller served twice as prime minister of Jamaica but her People’s National Party suffered a spectacular defeat in general elections held in 2016.

She succeeded former Prime Minister P J Patterson, who resigned during his third term in office in 2006.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness will announce a date for bye-elections so voters can choose a replacement, following the resignation.