Jamaica

PM calls snap election


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Prime Minister Andrew Holness has called a snap general election for 29th December almost one year early.

Holness took over from Bruce Golding on 23rd October following the resignation of the veteran campaigner. Opinion polls suggest that Holness could be the shortest lived prime minister ever. Recent polls have put the prime minister’s party, the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) on around 40% of the vote with the opposition People’s National Party (PNP), led by Portia Simpson-Miller, on 44% with 15% undecided.

In the 2007 polls the JLP broke 18 years of rule by the PNP, taking 32 seats in the 60 seat House of Representatives. The PNP took the other 28 seats.

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