Golding announces retirement
Prime Minister Bruce Golding has announced that he will not be seeking re-election at the Jamaica Labour Party’s (JLP) annual conference in November.
Bruce Golding has been prime minister of Jamaica since 11th September 2007. At the time, Golding’s party was in opposition and successfully broke eighteen years of rule by the People’s National Party (PNP). However, the JLP only won with a narrow majority, taking 32 of the 60 seats in the House of Representatives.
Over the past four years Golding has faced a number of controversies and the recent death of his mother may well have tipped the balance in favour of him retiring. He has said that he will stay on as party leader until a new leader is elected in November, at which time he will also step down as prime minister.