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  • The Prime Minister and members of the Cabinet signed the condolences book at the South African High Commission in Kingston.
  • She announced a five-day period of official mourning, December 7 through to December 11.

Prime Minister the Most Hon Portia Simpson Miller this afternoon led members of the Cabinet to the South African High Commission in Kingston for an en bloc signing of the condolence book for the late South African President, Nelson Mandela.

The Prime Minister said Nelson Mandela was no ordinary friend of Jamaica. He valued the solidarity of the Jamaican people in the struggle for freedom and justice, and the dignity of the human person, to which Mr. Mandela devoted his life.

The Prime Minister and Cabinet members broke from day two of their special session to review the country’s medium term programme and macroeconomic projections for the 2014/15 Financial Year to visit the South African High Commission, where they all signed the Condolence Book.

The Prime Minister has also announced a five-day period of official mourning starting tomorrow Saturday December 7 through to Wednesday December 11, 2013.

During the period of official mourning, the national flag shall be flown at half-mast on all government buildings and public offices. The protocols with respect to flying of other flags shall apply.

A joint sitting of the Houses of Parliament will pay tribute to Nelson Mandela in a special session on Friday, December 13, 2013.