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Victorious People's National Party (PNP) parliamentarians yesterday received a rousing welcome from hundreds of jubilant party supporters as they gathered on Duke Street for the traditional march into Gordon House for the first sitting of the new Parliament.

In contrast, a much smaller but very resolute group of Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) supporters showed their love for the Opposition members as they made a much quieter entrance to the House from the northern end of Duke Street.

The PNP supporters, many of them dressed in T-shirts bearing the images of their victorious candidates in the December 29, 2011 election, erupted with cheers and screams as each of their MPs and senators arrived from southern end of the street.

Police personnel had their hands full trying to control the crowd while allowing the adoring fans to hug and kiss the appreciative parliamentarians.

First-time MPs Damion Crawford and Raymond Pryce received rock-star treatment from onlookers, including screaming students from St George's Primary School, almost across the street from Gordon House.

Veteran senator KD Knight was indeed the 'Star Bwoy' as scores of persons clamoured for his attention, while new government minister Lisa Hanna was like Miss World all over again as students and adults alike jostled to take pictures of her and with her.

Hanna won the Miss World title in 1993.

The biggest applause was reserved for a beaming Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller who hugged dozens of ecstatic supporters as she approached Gordon House.

Meanwhile, PNP supporters said they expect their lives to improve now that their party was back in power. They expressed high expectations for the proposed Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme (JEEP).

"We want the JEEP up and running. We nah expect miracle right away, but we know she (Simpson Miller) a go do someting fi we," said a woman who gave her name only as Sonia and who said she lives in Spanish Town.

She dismissed the view that JEEP was an unsustainable crash programme similar to the 1970s work project operated by the then PNP administration.

"All when JEEP a crash programme... we willing fi work and we no want handout," she said.

The JLP supporters, on the other hand, said it would be long before the country would be calling for an election to vote out the PNP.

"All when PNP win, we a still winner. We deh behind Andrew (Holness) 101 per cent. Andrew a still mi prime minister, mi MP, mi boss, him a everyting fi me," said a resident of West Central St Andrew, Holness's constituency.

House Speaker Michael Peart (centre) is pulled to his chair by Government MPs Roger Clarke (left) and Luther Buchanan. (Photo: Garfield Robinson)

South West St Elizabeth rivals Dr Christopher Tufton (left) and Hugh Buchanan greet each other during the official opening of Parliament yesterday. Tufton, who lost the seat to the PNP’s Buchanan, was appointed as an Opposition senator. (Photo: Garfield Robinson)

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller greets students of St George’s Primary School outside Parliament yesterday. (Photo: Garfield Robinson)

Opposition Leader Andrew Holness is greeted by supporters outside Gordon House yesterday. (Photo: Garfield Robinson)

Lisa Hanna, Government MP and former Miss World, is greeted by St George’s Primary School students outside Gordon House yesterday. (Photo: Naphtali Junior)

Popular first-time Government MP Damion Crawford (centre) is mobbed by adoring supporters yesterday outside Gordon House. (Photo: Naphtali Junior)

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