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Holness blasts critics, affirms stance on traditions, conventions

Published:Monday | February 5, 2018 | 10:47 AM
Holness – File Photo

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has insisted he will not be held to traditions or conventions which have not served to move Jamaica forward.

Speaking in St Andrew last night he blasted those he said do not want to see a change in Jamaica.

While referencing criticisms of the manner in which he appointed Justice Bryan Sykes as Acting Chief Justice, Holness said the justice system is one of the areas where changes are needed.

Last week at the swearing-in of Justice Sykes, Holness suggested the acting chief justice would have to prove himself before being permanently appointed.

However, various groups have raised concern saying it breaches the principle of separation of powers.

Last night, Holness said he had no interest in influencing the judiciary, except to ensure speedier resolution of cases.


Holness argued that the next time the country goes to the polls in a general election, he will not be depending on loyalty for votes.

According to him the Jamaica Labour Party’s campaign will be based on results.

He said this is why he cannot do things the way they have always been done.


Prime Minister Andrew Holness