OPPOSITION Leader Andrew Holness is to announce the names of Opposition members of the Senate and spokespersons early next week.
A statement from the opposition leader’s office Wednesday said that Holness, who is also the leader of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), has been holding consultations with officers of the party, the parliamentary group, the Standing Committee, affiliate organisations, the Mayors’ Caucus and parish councillors on various postelection issues.
“These deliberations are continuing as the party reflects on the results of the recent general election and discusses the way forward as a strong and effective alternative to the newly installed Government,” the statement said.
On December 29, the party was swept out of power by the People’s National Party (PNP), which won 42 of the 63 parliamentary seats. The JLP had served only four years of its fiveyear term, having defeated the PNP by a slim four seats — 32-28 — in the 2007 general election. Up to that point the PNP had been in government for 18-and-a-half years. Three new constituencies were added prior to last month’s election. The 39-year-old Holness was sworn in as Jamaica’s youngest prime minister on October 23 last year, following the resignation of Bruce Golding. He later took over the leadership of the JLP at the party’s annual conference.