Andrew Holness

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Andrew Holness

9th Prime Minister of Jamaica
Assumed office
3 March 2016
MonarchElizabeth II
Charles III
Governor GeneralPatrick Allen
Preceded byPortia Simpson-Miller
In office
23 October 2011 – 5 January 2012
MonarchElizabeth II
Governor GeneralPatrick Allen
Preceded byBruce Golding
Succeeded byPortia Simpson-Miller
Leader of the Jamaica Labour Party
Assumed office
20 November 2011
Preceded byBruce Golding
Minister of Education
In office
11 September 2007 – 1 January 2012
Prime MinisterBruce Golding
Preceded byMaxine Henry-Wilson
Succeeded byRonald Thwaites
Personal details
Andrew Michael Holness

(1972-07-22) 22 July 1972 (age 51)
Spanish Town, Jamaica
Political partyJamaica Labour Party
Juliet Holness (m. 1997)
Alma materUniversity of the West Indies

Andrew Michael Holness, ON, MP (born 22 July 1972) is a Jamaican politician.[1] He is the 9th and current Prime Minister of Jamaica since 3 March 2016.[2] Holness previously served as Prime Minister from October 2011 to January 5, 2012. He succeeded Bruce Golding as Prime minister, and decided to go to the polls in the 2011 Jamaican general election in an attempt to get his own mandate from the Jamaican electorate.

Early life[change | change source]

Andrew Michael Holness was born on 22 July 1972 in Spanish Town, St. Catherine Jamaica to Working class Parents, Father Morris Holness and Mother Sonia Harvey. Holness attended Primary school on 1 January 1979 and graduated in November 1984.

Career[change | change source]

He failed in that bid, however, losing to the People’s National Party (PNP) led by Portia Simpson-Miller, with the PNP gaining 42 seats to the Jamaican Labour Party (JLP) 21. Following the 2011 election defeat, Holness served as Leader of the opposition (Jamaica) from 6 January 2012 to 3 March 2016, when he once again assume the Position of Prime minister. 2021 Jamaica general election.

Holness is the youngest person to have become Prime Minister in Jamaica's history, as well as the Country’s ninth Prime minister overall. He is also the first Prime Minister to have been born after Jamaica gained independence in 1962.[3]

In 2022, during Prince William's visit to Jamaica, Holness told Prince William that Jamaica would become a republic by 2025.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Andrew Michael Holness - Jamaica Information Service". Jamaica Information Service. Archived from the original on 2018-04-25. Retrieved 2018-04-16.
  2. Holness Sworn In As PM, Takes 'The Most Honourable' Title. 3 March 2016. Accessed 3 March 2016.
  3. Robinson, Claude (23 October 2011). "When Andrew Holness becomes prime minister today". Jamaica Observer. Archived from the original on 2012-04-07. Retrieved 2011-12-04.