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Surprise, surprise! No we don't have a president of Jamaica!
Unlike the USA, which has a presidential republic system, Jamaica has a parliamentary democracy with a bicameral legislature and party system with Queen Elizabeth II as head of state.
She is represented by a Governor-General.
The head of the government here is called a Prime Minister, akin to the President of the USA.
He or she is usually the leader of the party that won the most seats or constituency in the most recent general elections.
He or she is formally appointed into office by the governor general of Jamaica.
Our current Prime Minister is the Honorable Andrew Holness.
Mr. Holness is the leader of the governing Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), the party that won the 2016 general elections. He was sworn in as prime minister on March 3, 2016.
He succeeded the honorable Portia Simpson-Miller, who was then the People's National Party (PNP) leader.
I recommend that you read the following articles I posted for even more insight in this position of
president, I mean prime minister :-), of Jamaica.
So did any of this shock you? I'd love to hear in the comments section below.
But just before, take a look at this. I think you'll find it helpful as well.
The following is a list of all the prime ministers of Jamaica since we achieved political independence in 1962 from Britain.
It is sorted chronological, in descending order, meaning the newest prime minster are at the top.
|Order||Name||Birth/Death||Started Term||Ended Term||Elected||Political Affiliation|
|12||Andrew Holness||(1972-)||2016||Incumbent||2016||Jamaica Labour Party|
|11||Portia Simpson-Miller||(1945-)||2012||2016||2011||People's National Party|
|10||Andrew Holness||(1972-)||2011||2012||——||Jamaica Labour Party|
|9||Bruce Golding||(1947-)||2007||2011||2007||Jamaica Labour Party|
|8||Portia Simpson-Miller||(1945-)||2005||2007||——||People's National Party|
|7||P. J. Patterson||(1935-)||1992||2005||1993, 1997, 2002||People's National Party|
|6||Michael Manley||(1924-1997)||1989||1992||1989||People's National Party|
|5||Edward Seaga||(1930-2019)||1980||1989||1980 & 1983||Jamaica Labour Party|
|4||Michael Manley||(1924-1997)||1972||1980||1972 & 1976||People's National Party|
|3||Hugh Shearer||(1923-2004)||1967||1972||——||Jamaica Labour Party|
|2||Sir Donald Sangster||(1911-1967)||1967||1967||1967||Jamaica Labour Party|
|1||Sir Alexander Bustamante||(1884-1977)||1962||1967||1962||Jamaica Labour Party|
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