The transition of leadership of the Government will be completed on Sunday (Oct. 23) when Prime Minister, the Hon. Bruce Golding formally tenders his resignation to the Governor-General and a new Prime Minister is sworn in.
This will take place at a special ceremony at King's House on Sunday (Oct. 23) commencing at 4.00 p.m.
Mr Golding today presided over his final Cabinet meeting. He used the occasion to thank his Ministers for their support and hard work under his leadership. He noted that the Government had overcome significant challenges over the last four years but emphasized that much remains to be done to accelerate the pace of economic recovery in order to be able to tackle the country's urgent social needs.
Mr Golding noted, too, that while some elements of the Government's reform agenda had been completed, other important items are yet to be implemented. These, he said, were at an advanced stage of preparation and urged his colleagues to complete the process as a matter of urgency.
The Prime Minister also thanked the Cabinet Secretary and the staff of the Cabinet Office as well as the Permanent Secretary and staff of the Office of the Prime Minister for their support during his tenure.
After the Cabinet adjourned, Mr Golding convened a meeting of government MPs and received their unanimous formal endorsement of the Hon. Andrew Holness to succeed him as Prime Minister. Mr Golding will convey this advice to the Governor-General and tender his resignation on Sunday afternoon shortly before the ceremony at King’s House.