prime minister bruce golding

Jamaica Prime Minister and leader of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), Bruce Golding, announced earlier this week his intent to demit office.

In a statement release, the PM said he will not be seeking re-election at the party’s annual general conference in November and will step down as prime minister the moment a new leader is selected.

“Golding said he had planned to lead the party into a second term of government and demit office within two years thereafter. He said the challenges of the last four years have taken their toll and it was appropriate now to make way for new leadership to continue the programmes of economic recovery and transformation while mobilising the party for victory in the next general elections,” the statement said.

Since forming the new government is 2007, the Bruce Golding lead JLP has been rocked with several economic fallout from the global recession as well as several scandals including the notorious extradition of West Kingston don Christopher Dudus Coke.