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“Holness, Andrew” AND “Baugh-head” Contenders line up to replace Golding

In the wake of Bruce Golding’s shock announcement late last month that he is stepping down as leader of the Jamaica Labour Party and prime minister of Jamaica, several JLP members are said to be jockeying for position to succeed him.

      Based on information coming out of Jamaica, the list reportedly includes the following, although more names could surface in the coming weeks:

      • Andrew Holness – The minister of education has declared his interest in succeeding Golding and is a clear frontrunner.

      He has already received the backing of JLP stalwarts such as Karl Samuda and Dr. Horace Chang, both members of Parliament, as well as Senator Dennis Meadows. Holness, the member of Parliament for West Central St. Andrew, is also leader of government business in the House of Representatives and claims he will be a unifying force in the JLP as the party looks to fend off a possible general election challenge from the Peoples National Party (PNP) in 2012.

      • Dr. Kenneth Baugh – The deputy prime minister, foreign affairs minister and former JLP chairman has not ruled himself out to replace Golding. However, already the 70-year-old is on the defensive, accusing the prime minister of influencing the leadership race by stating his preference for a younger man to take over the party and country’s leadership.

      • Audley Shaw – finance minister.

      • Christopher Tufton - The investment, industry and commerce minister is another with youth on his side.

      • Robert Montague - agriculture minister.

      • Mike Henry – JLP chairman and transport and works minister. 
Information compiled from various sources.