Jamaica PM Would Like Apology From UK for Slavery

Portia Simpson Miller calls history 'wicked and brutal'
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 6, 2012 2:41 PM CST
People's National Party leader Portia Simpson Miller (2nd-L) takes the oath of office as Jamaica's new prime minister from Governor General Sir Patrick Allen (3rd-L) on January 5, 2012, in Kingston.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Jamaica Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller didn't mince words when asked yesterday about her country's history with Britain—just as Prince Harry arrived in the country for a visit. "No race should have been subjected to what our ancestors were subjected to," Miller said, according to the Telegraph. "It was wicked and brutal. … If Britain wishes to apologize, fine with us."

The queen is still officially Jamaica's head of state, and Miller wants that to change, with the commonwealth transitioning to a full republic. "We came on a long journey, from slavery to adult suffrage to our independence," she said. "We are a nation where our maturity is now." But she added, "It's not about getting rid of the queen—who could get rid of the queen? She is a wonderful, beautiful lady. The decision to become a republic shouldn't be taken in the context of us wanting to get rid of the queen." (Read more Jamaica stories.)

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