Andrew Holness appointed Prime Minister of Jamaica
Andrew Michael Holness, a five-term elected member of Parliament, was on Thursday March 3 appointed prime minister of Jamaica at King’s House in St Andrew. He was appointed by GovernorGeneral Sir Patrick Allen.
Holness, having taken the oath of allegiance and oath of office, also signed the instrument of appointment as prime minister, much to the delight of those gathered to witness his appointment.
The standard of outgoing prime minister Portia Simpson Miller was then lowered and Holness’ standard broken.
General Elections were held in Jamaica on February 25, 2016. Preliminary results indicated a 33-30 victory for Holness’ JLP. However, a subsequent recount resulted in the Director of Elections Orrette Fisher on Tuesday communicating with the Office of the GovernorGeneral, advising that the Jamaica Labour Party won the majority of the seats in the 17th General Election. It says of the 63 seats contested, the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) holds the majority with 32 and the Peoples National Party (PNP) holds the remaining 31.
Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness.