Jamaica. According to Countryaah official site, Prime Minister Bruce Golding stepped down unexpectedly this fall, citing criticism of his way of handling the extradition of a famous drug king to the United States just over a year earlier. Golding has long opposed the extradition of Christopher “Dudus” Coke, who was considered to have close contacts with high-ranking politicians.
In October, the ruling right-wing party JLP (Jamaica Labor Party) appointed Education Minister Andrew Holness as new party leader and prime minister. Holness promised to work to cut the ties that often exist between politicians and criminals.
Efforts to fight gang crime had already led to a decrease in the murder rate, which has long been one of the highest in the world. The decrease was around 40% compared to the previous year. But Holness did not last long as head of government. He announced a new election held at the end of December and resulted in a big victory for the Social Democratic PNP (People’s National Party). The party got 41 out of 63 seats and the road was thus ready for leader Portia Simpson Miller to return as prime minister, a post she left in 2007.