Prime Minister of Jamaica

The Prime Minister of Jamaica is Jamaica's head of government, currently Andrew Holness. Holness, as leader of the governing Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), was sworn in as Prime Minister on 3 March 2016, succeeding People's National Party (PNP) leader Portia Simpson-Miller.[1] This was a result of the JLP's victory in Jamaica's 25 February 2016 general election.

The Prime Minister is formally appointed into office by the Governor General of Jamaica, who represents Elizabeth II, the Queen of Jamaica (Jamaica's Head of State).

Prime Minister of Jamaica
Coat of arms of Jamaica
Flag of the Prime Minister of Jamaica
Standard of the Prime Minister of Jamaica
Andrew Holness cropped
Incumbent
Andrew Holness

since 3 March 2016
Style The Most Honourable
Residence Vale Royal
Appointer Governor-General of Jamaica
Term length At Her Majesty's pleasure
5 years
Inaugural holder

Sir William Bustamante

as Chief Minister of Jamaica
Formation 5 May 1955
Salary $7,271,283JMD apx* Annually
Website www.opm.jm

Official residence

Valeroyal
Front Lawns of Vale Royal

The Prime Minister of Jamaica's official residence is Vale Royal. The property was constructed in 1694 by the planter Sir William Taylor, who was one of the richest men in Jamaica at the time. In 1928 the property was sold to the government and became the official residence of the British Colonial Secretary (then Sir Reginald Edward Stubbs). Vale Royal has subsequently become the official residence of the Prime Minister. Vale Royal is not open to the public.

Chief Ministers of Jamaica (1953–1959)

# Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Term of office Elected Political Affiliation
1 Sir Alexander Bustamante
(1884–1977)
5 May
1953
2 February
1955
—— Jamaica Labour Party
2 Norman Manley
(1893–1969)
2 February
1955
14 August
1959
1955 People's National Party

Premiers of Jamaica (1959–1962)

# Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Term of office Elected Political Affiliation
1 Norman Manley
(1893–1969)
14 August
1959
29 April
1962
1959 People's National Party
2 Sir Alexander Bustamante
(1884–1977)
29 April
1962
6 August
1962
1962 Jamaica Labour Party

Prime Ministers of Jamaica (1962–present)

# Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Term of office Elected Political Affiliation
1 Sir Alexander Bustamante
(1884–1977)
6 August
1962
23 February
1967
1962 Jamaica Labour Party
2 No image Sir Donald Sangster
(1911–1967)
23 February
1967
11 April
1967[†]
1967 Jamaica Labour Party
3 No image Hugh Shearer
(1923–2004)
11 April
1967
2 March
1972
—— Jamaica Labour Party
4 Michael Manley Michael Manley
(1924–1997)
2 March
1972
1 November
1980
1972 People's National Party
1976
5 Edward Seaga 1982 Edward Seaga
(1930–)
1 November
1980
10 February
1989
1980 Jamaica Labour Party
1983
(4) Michael Manley Michael Manley
(1924–1997)
10 February
1989
30 March
1992
1989 People's National Party
6 PJPatterson P. J. Patterson
(1935–)
30 March
1992
30 March
2006
1993 People's National Party
1997
2002
7 Portia Miller Shoot.Jpeg Portia Simpson-Miller
(1945–)
30 March
2006
11 September
2007
—— People's National Party
8 Bruce Golding Bruce Golding
(1947–)
11 September
2007
23 October
2011
2007 Jamaica Labour Party
9 Andrew Holness cropped Andrew Holness
(1972–)
23 October
2011
5 January
2012
—— Jamaica Labour Party
(7) Portia Miller Shoot.Jpeg Portia Simpson-Miller
(1945–)
5 January
2012
3 March
2016
2011 People's National Party
(9) Andrew Holness cropped Andrew Holness
(1972–)
3 March
2016
Incumbent 2016 Jamaica Labour Party
Notes
^† Died in office

By tenure

Rank by
length
of terms
Prime Minister Took office Left office Length by
time served
Administrations Elected Political affiliation
1 P. J. Patterson 30 March 1992 30 March 2006 14 years 1 1993
1997
2002
People's National Party
2 Michael Manley 2 March 1972
10 February 1989
1 November 1980
30 March 1992
11 years, 292 days
(8 years, 244 days;
3 years, 48 days)
2 1972
1976
1989
People's National Party
3 Edward Seaga 1 November 1980 10 February 1989 8 years, 101 days 1 1980
1983
Jamaica Labour Party
4 Portia Simpson Miller 30 March 2006
5 January 2012
11 September 2007
3 March 2016
5 years, 167 days
(1 year, 165 days;
4 years, 58 days)
2 2011 People's National Party
5 Hugh Shearer 11 April 1967 2 March 1972 4 years, 326 days 1 Jamaica Labour Party
6 Alexander Bustamante 29 April 1962 23 February 1967 4 years, 300 days 1 1962 Jamaica Labour Party
7 Bruce Golding 11 September 2007 23 October 2011 4 years, 42 days 1 2007 Jamaica Labour Party
8 Andrew Holness
(incumbent)
23 October 2011
3 March 2016
5 January 2012
present
2 years, 267 days
(74 days;
2 years, 194 days)
2 2016 Jamaica Labour Party
9 Donald Sangster 23 February 1967 11 April 1967 47 days 1 1967 Jamaica Labour Party

See also

References

  1. ^ Holness Sworn In As PM, Takes 'The Most Honourable' Title. 3 March 2016. Accessed 3 March 2016.

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