The week in perspective
Prime Minister Andrew Holness
The leader of the Jamaica Labour Party was sworn in as Jamaica's ninth prime minister since Independence after he led his party to a one-seat victory in the February 25 general election.
This is the second time that Holness was sworn in as prime minister following his short stint in 2011, when he replaced Bruce Golding. He went on to lose the 2011 election later that year. Holness has accepted the Order of the Nation and will be referred to as the Most Honourable Andrew Holness.
Luis G. Moreno
The United States (US) ambassador to Jamaica signalled that the Obama-led administration is ready to embrace and work with the Holness administration. The US ambassador hailed Jamaica's democracy and the maturity of the people in how they elect a new government. He said that the February 25 general election was virtually flawless despite its highly contentious nature.
Pastor Michael Harvey
The vice-president of the Northern Caribbean University was stripped of his position at the institution as that drama continued to play out last week. The move came after his appearance on a People's National Party platform during the recent election campaign, where he encouraged Jamaicans to vote for the party that eventually lost at the polls.
The head of National Integrity Action, Dr Trevor Munroe, last week called for the urgent revival of the Vale Royal talks which collapsed after the Bruce Golding led-Government and the then Portia Simpson Miller-led Opposition had an acrimonious stalemate.
The talented Jamaican cricketer faces a two-year ban from cricket after missing three drug tests in the space of 12 months. The news, which broke last week, is a body blow for the all-rounder who makes his money playing in lucrative T20 leagues around the world.
The man in charge of Jamaica's electoral machinery faced the media last Monday and emerged with his head held high as he responded to concerns about the conduct of the February 25 general election and developments in the days immediately following the polls.