Jamaica opposition secures huge victory

Dec. 29, 2011, midnight

Jamaica's main opposition, the People's National Party (PNP), captured two-thirds of seats in parliamentary elections last Thursday. The PNP, led by Portia SIMPSON-MILLER, won 42 seats while the ruling Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), led by Andrew HOLNESS, fell to 21 seats. HOLNESS, who has only been prime minister for two months, called for early elections in December. He was appointed to the position by his Jamaica Labour Party after Prime Minister Bruce GOLDING stepped down. SIMPSON-MILLER served as the nation’s first female prime minister from 2006 to 2007.

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