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Jamaica's First Woman PM Concedes Defeat

Jamaica's first woman prime minister says the ruling party has accepted the results of Monday's general elections, which gave a victory to the opposition.

Portia Simpson Miller made the comment late Tuesday in a statement on the ruling People's National Party Web site.

The Jamaica Labor Party won 32 out of 60 seats in parliament, ending its five-time losing streak at the polls.

Ms. Simpson Miller had complained of irregularities in the election. On Tuesday, Jamaica's electoral office conducted a recount of votes.

The Organization of American States, which sent observers to Jamaica to monitor the election, issued a statement Tuesday, saying the voting was conducted in a professional and transparent manner.

Ms. Simpson Miller became the country's first female prime minister when ruling party delegates chose her to replace P.J. Patterson, who stepped down in March of last year.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.