Jamaican PM Bruce Golding to step down as JLP Party leader

JLP Leader Bruce Golding will not seek re-election at the party’s annual general conference in November.

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Jamaica’s governing party announced Sunday that Prime Minister Bruce Golding will step down as leader in the coming weeks, possibly averting a rebellion from ruling party members that could have led to his ouster.

Golding would resign once a new leader of the Jamaica Labor Party (JLP) is elected. The party’s leader automatically becomes the prime minister.

The announcement was made in a brief statement from the party, which said Golding informed its central executive committee of his decision at a quarterly meeting in the capital of Kingston. The 63-year-old Golding is a veteran lawmaker who was expected to lead his party into the 2012 general elections.

“(Golding) 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 mobilizing the party for victory in the next general elections,” the party statement said.

Dennis Meadows, a senator and member of the Jamaica Labour Party’s executive committee, said there has been an “overwhelming response” for Golding to stay on as party leader.

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