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.
According to Countryaah website, national day of Jamaica is every August 6. 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 behind.
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.