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AUDIO: Holness questions what Portia has done to uplift the poor

Published:Monday | August 25, 2014 | 8:37 AM
Opposition leader Andrew Holness.

Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer



KINGSTON, Jamaica:

Opposition Leader Andrew Holness says the People’s National Party (PNP) has mastered what he calls the politics of poverty as he lashed the current administration for the state of Jamaica’s development.




Holness made the comment as he urged party supporters to question what Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller has done to uplift the poor, in her more than 40 years in politics.



According to him, after 52 years of independence, Jamaica is at risk of failing to fulfill its true potential.



He says Jamaicans are disappointed and frustration is building among citizens over the economic, social and political problems afflicting Jamaica.



Holness restated several policies, including free primary health care, which he says were implemented under the last Jamaica Labour Party administration to help the poor.



About 1.1 million Jamaicans are said to be living below the poverty line.



Meanwhile, the Opposition Leader also criticized Finance Minister, Dr Peter Phillips.



According to Holness, Phillips is not knowledgeable of the operations of an economy.



He says the Finance Minister is too focused on passing International Monetary Fund (IMF) tests.



Holness says the Government is now accountable to the IMF, rather than to the people of Jamaica.



Last week a team from the IMF indicated that Jamaica is on its way to passing the fifth test under the four-year agreement.



That announcement followed the Planning Institute of Jamaica’s disclosure that the country had registered a fourth consecutive quarter of economic growth.



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