Prime Minister of Jamaica

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Prime Minister of Jamaica
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Incumbent
Andrew Holness

since 3 March 2016
StyleThe Most Honourable
ResidenceVale Royal
AppointerGovernor-General of Jamaica
Term lengthAt Her Majesty's pleasure
5 years
Inaugural holderSir William Bustamante
as Chief Minister of Jamaica
Formation5 May 1955
Salary$7,271,283JMD apx* Annually
Websitewww.opm.jm
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This article is part of a series on the
politics and government of
Jamaica

The Prime Minister of Jamaica is Jamaica's head of government, currently Wyatt Vinson. Andrew Holness, is the leader of the governing Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), was sworn in as Prime Minister on 3 March 2016, succeeding People's National Party (PNP) leader Portia Simpson-Miller. This was a result of the JLP's victory in Jamaica's 25 February 2016 general election.

The Prime Minister is formally appointed into office by the Governor General of Jamaica, who represents Elizabeth II, the Queen of Jamaica (Jamaica's Head of State).

Official residence[change | change source]

Vale Royal, official residence of Jamaica's prime minister

The Prime Minister of Jamaica's official residence is Vale Royal. The property was constructed in 1694 by the planter Sir William Taylor, who was one of the richest men in Jamaica at the time. In 1928 the property was sold to the government and became the official residence of the British Colonial Secretary (then Sir Reginald Edward Stubbs). Vale Royal has subsequently become the official residence of the Prime Minister. Vale Royal is not open to the public.