JM | Nov 7, 2020

Holness congratulates Biden on becoming next US president

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Andrew Holness, prime minister of Jamaica

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has extended congratulations to United States President-elect Joseph Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.

Biden was announced as President-elect this morning (November 7) following the November 3 elections in the United States, making him the 46th US President.

“On behalf of the Government and people of Jamaica, I extend heartiest congratulations to the President-elect and Vice President-elect of the United States Joseph R. Biden and Kamala Harris,” Holness said in a statement this afternoon.

Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris. (Photo: Drew Angerer for TIME Magazine)

Noting that Harris would become the first woman and person of colour to become vice president, he said the nation was proud that she has Jamaican heritage.

Her father, Donald Harris, is a Brown’s Town, St Ann-born Jamaican-American economist and professor emeritus at Stanford University.

“Her ascension to the role of VP is a monumental accomplishment for women all over the world and I salute her,” Holness added in his congratulatory statement.

“Jamaica looks forward to the continued strong bilateral relations with our largest trading partner, the US, particularly as we work to stimulate our economies in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.”


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