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Holness says he is committed to doing the right thing

Published:Thursday | March 3, 2016 | 3:01 PM
Prime Minister Andrew Holness (left) with Governor General Sir Patrick Allen after being sworn in as Head of Government.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has declared he is committed to doing the right thing as the head of the government of Jamaica. 

In a 23-minute address after being sworn in today, Holness touched on topics including family life, education and economics.

Noting the thin majority that led his Jamaica Labour Party to victory, Holness said there is no time to waste. 

READ: Full text of Holness' speech here

"There is no doubt that significant numbers of Jamaicans have lost hope in our system, but I am encouraged that a far larger number maintains faith, keeps hope and continues to pray that Jamaica will grow and prosper," he said.

 

Newly installed Prime Minister of Jamaica Andrew Holness

Holness also declared that his government will be one of partnerships.

 

Newly installed Prime Minister of Jamaica Andrew Holness

Holness noted that the members of his government will act in a way to ensure that they are trusted. 

Meanwhile, the Prime Minister reaffirmed his administrations' commitment to removing income tax from the salaries of people who earn up to $1.5 million. 

Our government will ease your tax burden, but you must spend and invest wisely, use the additional money to acquire a house for your family or improve the house you already have, or buy Jamaican-made goods. This is how we will increase local effective demand in housing, manufacturing, and agriculture," he said.

That income tax plan has been criticised as unworkable with some saying it could negatively impact Jamaica's economic programme with the International Monetary Fund.