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KINGSTON — Prime Minister, the Hon. Bruce Golding, is scheduled to address the nation in a  broadcast  on Sunday, October 2.

This was disclosed by Minister with responsibility for Information, Telecommunications and Special Projects, Hon. Daryl Vaz, at today's (September  29) post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House.

"We can look forward to the Prime Minister addressing the country and the nation in which he will speak to the issues of the transition and also the critical issues facing the country that we are all aware of,” he said, adding that  details of the time for the broadcast will be announced later.

“The  loss of his mother, who was buried yesterday (September 28),  that was his major  focus…It was always expected that he would be addressing the nation, but I  don’t think it could have been done before he laid his mother to rest,” Mr. Vaz said.

The funeral service for the late Mrs. Enid Golding was held at the Holy Trinity Church, on Darlington Drive, Old Harbour, in St. Catherine. Mrs. Golding died on September 14, at the age of 91.

The Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) revealed on Sunday, September 25, that Mr. Golding had informed the party's Central Executive that he would not be seeking re-election at its annual conference in November, and would step down as Prime Minister as soon as a new leader is elected.

Mr. Golding said he had planned to lead the party into a second term of government and demit office within two years thereafter. However, he said that, “the challenges of the last four years” had taken their toll, and he felt it was appropriate now to make way for new leadership to continue the programmes of economic recovery and transformation, while mobilising the party for victory at the next general elections.


By Chris Patterson, JIS Reporter

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