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JLP's razor-thin majority could be a problem - political analyst

Published:Sunday | February 28, 2016 | 12:51 PM
Prime Minister-elect Andrew Holness of the Jamaica Labour Party.

Political analyst Richard Crawford says the Jamaica Labour Party's (JLP) razor-thin majority is likely to have serious implications for governance of the country.

Crawford was speaking to the Gleaner-Power 106 News Centre this morning against the background of the official count which returned Dr Winston Green as MP for South East St Mary, further reducing the JLP's majority to a one seat advantage over the People's National Party (PNP). The JLP now has 32 seats and the PNP 31.

According to Crawford, the if the JLP's extremely slim majority is maintained it could seriously hamper the passage of critical policies and legislation that are important to the administration of the country's affairs.

He adds that it will also impact on the country's relationship with key foreign counterparts.

Crawford says the recount could also result in court battles that would be equally bad for the fragile state of the economy at this time.