Prime Minister of Jamaica

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Prime Minister of Jamaica
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Incumbent
Andrew Holness

since 3 March 2016
StyleThe Most Honourable
ResidenceVale Royal
AppointerGovernor-General
Term lengthAt Her Majesty's pleasure
5 years
Formation5 May 1955
First holderSir William Bustamante
as Chief Minister of Jamaica
Salary$JMD 7,271,283 apx* annually[1]
Websitewww.opm.jm
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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.[2] This was a result of the JLP's victory in 2016 Jamaican general election.

The prime minister is formally appointed into office by the governor general of Jamaica, who represents Queen Elizabeth II of Jamaica.

Official Residence[edit]

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.[3] Vale Royal is not open to the public.

Chief ministers of Jamaica (1953–1959)[edit]

No. Portrait Chief Minister
(Birth–Death)
Term of office Political party Election
Took office Left office Time in office
1
Sir Alexander Bustamante
Sir Alexander Bustamante
(1884–1977)
5 May 19532 February 19551 year, 273 daysJLP
2
Norman Manley
Norman Manley
(1893–1969)
2 February 195514 August 19594 years, 193 daysPNP1955

Premiers of Jamaica (1959–1962)[edit]

No. Portrait Premier
(Birth–Death)
Term of office Political party Election
Took office Left office Time in office
1
Norman Manley
Norman Manley
(1893–1969)
14 August 195929 April 19622 years, 258 daysPNP1959
2
Sir Alexander Bustamante
Sir Alexander Bustamante
(1884–1977)
29 April 19626 August 196299 daysJLP1962

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

Key: Died in office

No. Portrait Prime Minister
(Birth–Death)
Term of office Political party Election
Took office Left office Time in office
1
Sir Alexander Bustamante
Sir Alexander Bustamante
(1884–1977)
6 August 196223 February 19674 years, 201 daysJLP1962
2
Sir Donald Sangster
Sir Donald Sangster
(1911–1967)
23 February 196711 April 1967 †47 daysJLP1967
3
Hugh Shearer
Hugh Shearer
(1923–2004)
11 April 19672 March 19724 years, 326 daysJLP
4
Michael Manley
Michael Manley
(1924–1997)
2 March 19721 November 19808 years, 244 daysPNP1972
1976
5
Edward Seaga
Edward Seaga
(1930–2019)
1 November 198010 February 19898 years, 101 daysJLP1980
1983
(4)
Michael Manley
Michael Manley
(1924–1997)
10 February 198930 March 19923 years, 49 daysPNP1989
6
P. J. Patterson
P. J. Patterson
(born 1935)
30 March 199230 March 200513 years, 0 daysPNP1993
1997
2002
7
Portia Simpson-Miller
Portia Simpson-Miller
(born 1945)
30 March 200511 September 20072 years, 165 daysPNP
8
Bruce Golding
Bruce Golding
(born 1947)
11 September 200723 October 20114 years, 42 daysJLP2007
9
Andrew Holness
Andrew Holness
(born 1972)
23 October 20115 January 201274 daysJLP
(7)
Portia Simpson-Miller
Portia Simpson-Miller
(born 1945)
5 January 20123 March 20164 years, 58 daysPNP2011
(9)
Andrew Holness
Andrew Holness
(born 1972)
3 March 2016Incumbent4 years, 114 daysJLP2016

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, 223 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 Andrew Holness
(incumbent)
23 October 2011
3 March 2016
5 January 2012
present
4 years, 188 days
(74 days;
4 years, 114 days)
2 2016 Jamaica Labour Party
8 Bruce Golding 11 September 2007 23 October 2011 4 years, 42 days 1 2007 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. ^ "Earnings By Politicians And What They Take Home". www.rjrnewsonline.com.
  2. ^ Holness Sworn In As PM, Takes 'The Most Honourable' Title. 3 March 2016. Accessed 3 March 2016.
  3. ^ https://opm.gov.jm/1-devon-rd/vale-royal/

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