Jamaican PM stepping down

| 25/09/2011

(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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  1. A True Jamaican says:

    Dudus is coming. Poor Bruce, I can just imagine what your poor state of mine is. While you are sleeping you see Dudus. You awake, you see Dudus. You sit down for a meal, you see dudus. You go to the toilet, you see Dudus waiting to wipe your ass. You go jogging, you see Dudus. You go for a drive, Dudus is right there having a conversation in your head.  Poor Bruce, when you go looking for a tree, Dudus will be there with the rope. Bye Bruce, you really disappointed and dis mi country.

  2. Just Askin' says:

    How will this affect the price of patties?

  3. Rorschach says:

    Anybody want to take odds on wether he is the new "Consultant" to the premier??

    • Anonymous says:

      I can only pray that he influences his 'friend' the premier to do the same rightful thing in Cayman. "Birds of a feather flock together," let us hope that these two will flock together (the further away the better)

    • Anonymous says:

      He has been a consultant to the Premier for a long time now. In case you forgot, he was an invited VIP to the swearing in ceremony of the UDP Government.

      Bruce Goldings nickname was Mr. Ten Percent. With his resignation his title may be due to change to a somewhat higher number.

      I think he will in all reality become a consultant to Dart and will spend his remaining years collecting a pension from that source.

  4. Rick Berns says:

    Just wait a few days and you will all see what this is about. Typically, Jamaican PM's 'resign' in order to consolidate power and support within their party. It focuses the party on the question of who should be leader and forces the leadership to show support to the 'One Don'. Just a ploy. He is not resigning. Of course I could be wrong, and in that case I would say, 'Dudus' is singing like Bob Marley!


    Rick Berns

    • Anonymous says:

      Exactly !

      When Dudus survived Bruce Golding's dismantling of his empire in Tivoli Gardens is when the writing on the wall was made for Bruce.

      Without the JLP stronghold of Tivoli Gardens, the JLP party would not now be the Government of Jamaica and Bruce Golding would not now be Prime Minister.

      What Dudus has to tell the US Government might still get him a reduced sentence and it certainly means that Bruce Golding can no longer continue as Prime Minister of Jamaica.

      • Name changed by moderator says:

        Well, I was wrong, it seems. this is a genuine exit for the One Don. Interestingly, this is why Dudus' dad was murdered in his Cell at Hunts Bay Police Station, otherwise the original One Don would have met his demise at the US Justice System. Bruce's reach was not so thorough, so it seems he must bite the dust.

        BTW, you have a very accurate take on Jam politics!!

  5. Anonymous says:

    At least he do not expect to die in the chair like some of ours. He knows when he is not wanted, and is not going to wear out his welcome. But God Almighty help us if some of ours dont get back in power…… They even have calculated how much they will have in cash and pension with another term. GREEDY GREEDY GREEDY.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Now we know why Big Mac attended the PNP conference.   

  7. Stiffed-Necked Fool says:

    I wish he would advise his "big" friend in Cayman to do the same!

  8. Anonymous says:

    I am so disappointed. Here I am seeking an appointment to regularize my stay in Port Royal under Mr. Golding's leadership, Now I get this heartbreaking news that he is resigning.  I may just have to return to Cayman.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Perhaps McKeeva should follow suit!!!!

    • The Facts says:

      The facts are that Mr Mackeeva bush will not being doing that, Why because we Caymanians want him in there, it is only foreigners who do not like Mackeeva, because they get roll over.  We do not need the type of foreign people who sup from the same cup with us and spit in it the same time.

      That is the new breed of foreign people we are getting.  Roll their asses out and leave the old ones. yes.

  10. Anonymous says:

    but what about all the money, and travel, and inside information on real estate deals, and the power, and the big P M title.  Ya can't just walk away from That, can ya??