Jamaica’s Labour Party Wins Narrow Victory on Anti-Austerity Platform

Andrew Holness, Jamaica's new prime minister, after being sworn in, Kingston, Jamaica, March 3, 2016 (AP photo by Collin Reid).
Andrew Holness, Jamaica's new prime minister, after being sworn in, Kingston, Jamaica, March 3, 2016 (AP photo by Collin Reid).
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Last week, Andrew Holness, leader of Jamaica’s opposition Labour Party, was sworn in as prime minister, after winning the Feb. 25 elections on an anti-austerity platform. In an email interview, Jermaine McCalpin, a lecturer at the University of the West Indies, discussed the election and politics in Jamaica. WPR: What were the major policy priorities of the outgoing People’s National Party (PNP) government, and what was its track record while in office? Jermaine McCalpin: The PNP-led government made economic stability one of its primary goals. It successfully negotiated several International Monetary Fund-backed loans, improved the country’s credit rating and lowered […]

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