Jamaica. On October 16, parliamentary elections were held
in Jamaica. The Social Democratic People's National Party
(PNP) won clearly and thus remained in power for the fourth
term in a row. PNP leader Percival Patterson continued on
the prime minister post. The opposition party Jamaica's
workers' party (JLP), which despite its name is a right-wing
party, did well, however, and more than doubled its mandate.
Countryaah website, political violence in connection with elections is common
in Jamaica. The election day itself was relatively calm this
time as a result of a major security challenge. However, the
campaign before the election demanded around 60 lives,
despite an agreement between the leaders of the two largest
parties to work to curb the violence, which criminal street
gangs with ties to the political parties were believed to be
The country's highest court, the British Privy Council,
decided to stop executions of sentenced prisoners. This
caused discontent in the country, where the death penalty
has strong support as a deterrent against the high crime
rate. Prime Minister Patterson also criticized the decision.
On average, three people a day are murdered in Jamaica.
Nowhere on earth is the murder rate higher.