Governor-General of Jamaica

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Governor-General of Jamaica
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Sir Patrick Linton Allen

since 26 February 2009
Style His Excellency The Most Honourable

King's House

(Government House)
Appointer Monarch of Jamaica
Term length At Her Majesty's pleasure
Formation 6 August 1962
First holder Sir Kenneth Blackburne
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The Governor-General of Jamaica represents the Jamaican monarch and head of state, currently Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

The Queen, on the advice of the Prime Minister, appoints a governor-general as her representative in Jamaica. Both The Queen and the Governor-General hold much power, but rarely exercise it, usually only in emergencies and, in some cases,[which?] war.

The Governor-General represents the monarch on ceremonial occasions such as the State Opening of Parliament, the presentation of honours, and military parades. Under the Constitution, he or she is given authority to act in some matters, for example in appointing and disciplining officers of the civil service, proroguing Parliament, and so on, but only in a few cases does he or she have the power to act entirely at his or her own discretion.[1]

Jamaican republicanism, a position which is held by the current Jamaican government, generally advocates for the replacement of the Governor-General with a president.

| Acting |- | 27 June 1973 | 31 March 1991 | Sir Florizel Glasspole
(1909–2000)| |- | 31 March 1991 | 1 August 1991 | Sir Edward Zacca
(1931–)| Acting |- | 1 August 1991 | 15 February 2006 | Sir Howard Cooke
(1915–2014)| |- | 15 February 2006 | 26 February 2009 | Sir Kenneth O. Hall
(1941–)| |- | 26 February 2009 | Present | Sir Patrick Allen
(1951–)| |}

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  1. ^ "Government of Jamaica" Archived 6 June 2007 at the Wayback Machine., Jamaica Information Service

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