Happy Independence Day, Jamaica!

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  • Independence Day
  • A Time for Change
  • Government and Politics
  • Natural Resources
  • Poverty and Crime
  • Jamaica All Over the World
  • Out of Many, One People
  • Spanish Rule
  • British Rule
  • The Maroons

Government and Politics

Political power in Jamaica has alternated between the social-democratic People’s National Party and the conservative Jamaica Labor Party since independence from Britain, according to BBC. Violence has been known to occur during election time, but the results are typically accepted. The current prime minister and the nation’s first female head of government, Portia Simpson-Miller, is leader of the PNP and she claimed her second victory in a close 2011 election.

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