KINGSTON — The transition of leadership of the Government will be completed on Sunday at King's House, when the Hon. Bruce Golding will formally tendered his resignation as Prime Minister to the Governor-General, and Education Minister, Hon. Andrew Holness sworn in as the country’s ninth leader.
Mr. Golding, who presided over his final Cabinet meeting on October 18, used the occasion to thank his Ministers for their support and hard work under his leadership.
On assuming the most powerful executive position in the country’s political directorate, Mr. Holness will also create history by being the youngest person to do so, at age 39.
Mr. Holness was endorsed as the JLP's candidate to contest the West Central St. Andrew constituency in the 1997 General Elections, which he won, to become the area’s Member of Parliament (MP).
In so doing, Mr. Holness became the youngest MP that year, at age 25. Between 1999 and 2007, Mr. Holness served as Opposition Spokesperson on Land and Development; Housing; and Education. Interspersed with these duties, was his successful defence of the West Central St. Andrew seat, during the 2002 national elections. He was appointed Education Minister, a position he has held since, and also has the distinction of being the youngest person appointed a Cabinet Minister by Mr. Golding.