Opposition wins in election landslide
The opposition People’s National Party (PNP) has won the Jamaican general election which took place yesterday. The new prime minister will be Portia Simpson-Miller.
The incumbent Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) and its new leader Andrew Holness managed to take just 22 of the 63 seats in the House of Representatives. The PNP picked up the other 41 seats with none of the smaller parties represented in the new parliament.
Opinion pollsters had suggested that the JLP had been closing the gap on the PNP and that the final result would be very tight, but the final result has given the PNP a commanding majority in the new parliament.
The PNP are pledged to renegotiate the current agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), introduce an emergency employment programme and bring competition into the transmission and distribution of electricity. Controversially, in a strongly Christian nation, during the election, Portia Simpson-Miller also said that her new government would review a law which banned sex between men.