Prime Minister of Jamaica

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Prime Minister of Jamaica
Coat of arms of Jamaica.svg
Standard of the Prime Minister of Jamaica.svg
Standard of the Prime Minister of Jamaica
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
Coat of arms of Jamaica.svg
This article is part of a series on the
politics and government 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).

Official Residence[edit]

Front Lawns of Vale Royal

The Prime Minister of Jamaica office residence is Vale Royal.The property was constructed in 1694 by the planter Sir William Taylor, Taylor 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)[edit]

# Incumbent
(Birth–Death)
Portrait Tenure Elected Political Affiliation
Took Office Left Office
1 Sir Alexander Bustamante
(1884–1977)
No image.png 5 May 1953 2 February 1955 —— Jamaica Labour Party
2 Norman Manley
(1893–1969)
No image.png 2 February 1955 14 August 1959 1955 People's National Party

Premiers of Jamaica (1959–1962)[edit]

# Incumbent
(Birth–Death)
Portrait Tenure Elected Political Affiliation
Took Office Left Office
1 Norman Manley
(1893–1969)
No image.png 14 August 1959 29 April 1962 1959 People's National Party
2 Sir Alexander Bustamante
(1884–1977)
No image.png 29 April 1962 6 August 1962 1962 Jamaica Labour Party

Prime Ministers of Jamaica (1962–present)[edit]

# Incumbent
(Birth–Death)
Portrait Tenure Elected Political affiliation Age at Inauguration
Took Office Left Office
1 Sir Alexander Bustamante
(1884–1977)
AlexBustamante.jpg 6 August 1962 23 February 1967 1962 Jamaica Labour Party 78 years old
2 Sir Donald Sangster *
(1911–1967)
23 February 1967 11 April 1967 1967 Jamaica Labour Party 55 years old
3 Hugh Shearer
(1923–2004)
No image.png 11 April 1967 2 March 1972 —— Jamaica Labour Party 43 years old
4 Michael Manley
(1924–1997)
Michael Manley.jpg 2 March 1972 1 November 1980 1972 People's National Party 47 years old
1976
5 Edward Seaga
(1930–)
Edward Seaga 1982.jpg 1 November 1980 10 February 1989 1980 Jamaica Labour Party 50 years old
1983
(4) Michael Manley
(1924–1997)
Michael Manley.jpg 10 February 1989 30 March 1992 1989 People's National Party 64 years old
6 P. J. Patterson
(1935–)
PJPatterson.jpg 30 March 1992 30 March 2006 1993 People's National Party 56 years old
1997
2002
7 Portia Simpson-Miller
(1945–)
Portia Miller Shoot.Jpeg 30 March 2006 11 September 2007 —— People's National Party 60 years old
8 Bruce Golding
(1947–)
Bruce Golding.jpg 11 September 2007 23 October 2011 2007 Jamaica Labour Party 59 years old
9 Andrew Holness
(1972–)
Andrew Holness.png 23 October 2011 5 January 2012 —— Jamaica Labour Party 39 years old
(7) Portia Simpson-Miller
(1945–)
Portia Miller Shoot.Jpeg 5 January 2012 3 March 2016 2011 People's National Party 66 years old
(9) Andrew Holness
(1972–)
Andrew Holness.png 3 March 2016 Incumbent 2016 Jamaica Labour Party 43 years old

Note: (*) Died in office

By tenure[edit]

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
254 days
(74 days;
180 days)
2 2016 Jamaica Labour Party
9 Donald Sangster 23 February 1967 11 April 1967 47 days 1 1967 Jamaica Labour Party

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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

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