She was Jamaica’s first ever woman prime minister in 2006. Now Portia Simpson Miller is set to hold the post again, after her opposition party won a landslide election victory.
In a poll held a year earlier than originally scheduled, she and the PNP rode a wave of discontent with the Caribbean country’s economy.
The challenge now is to reinvigorate Jamaica. The former British colony has become one of the most indebted nations in the world.
Despite forecasts of a close race, current premier Andrew Holness described his Jamaica Labour Party’s defeat as “humbling.” He only took office in October after his predecessor quit.
While the island has a past reputation for political bloodletting and vote tampering, there were no reports of serious irregularities or violence on polling day.