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Jamaican PM stepping down

| 25/09/2011 | 18 Comments

(Jamaica Observer): Bruce Golding, prime minister and leader of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), will not be seeking re-election at the party's annual general conference in November and will step down as prime minister as soon as a new leader has been elected. In a statement on Sunday the JLP said Golding conveyed this decision to the party's Central Executive at its quarterly meeting. “Golding said he had planned to lead the party into a second term of government and demit office within two years thereafter. He said the challenges of the last four years have taken their toll and it was appropriate now to make way for new leadership to continue the programmes of economic recovery and transformation while mobilising the party for victory in the next general elections,” the statement said.

Chairman of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Mike Henry said the Central Executive of the JLP has unanimously voted to reject the decision of the leader of the party, Bruce Golding, to step down in November.  

Meanwhile, the People’s National Party (PNP) has called on Golding to call elections now, in light of the announcement. The PNP made the call Sunday’s meeting of its National Executive Council (NEC) where it called on Golding “to call the general elections to resolve the crisis of governance in the country”.

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