UPDATE: JLP mourns former Industry, Commerce Minister Douglas Vaz
Former Industry and Commerce Minister, Douglas Vaz, has died.
Vaz, who was a four-term Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Member of Parliament (MP) who last represented North East St Andrew, and is the father of Daryl Vaz, a present-day government minister.
The elder Vaz, 83, passed away on Saturday night, according to Prime Minister Andrew Holness.
“It is with deep sadness that we learn of the passing of former Industry and Commerce Minister, Douglas Vaz,” Prime Minister and JLP leader, Andrew Holness, said in a tweet on his official Twitter page.
“Mr Vaz passed away in his sleep,” stated Holness.
Douglas served our party and Jamaica with distinction,” the prime minister added.
“My thoughts are with the Vaz family at this time,” Holness said in the tweet this morning.
Douglas Vaz was first elected in Parliament in 1976, representing North Central St Andrew.
He served in the Cabinet during two JLP administration under former Prime Minister Edward Seaga from 1980 to 1989.
The elder Vaz became MP for North East St Andrew for a single term when the constituency was created ahead of the 1989 General Elections, but was defeated by the People’s National Party’s Karlene Kirlew-Robertson in the next general elections in 1993.
Kirlew-Robertson was also a one-term parliamentary representative for the constituency, as she was defeated by Delroy Chuck in the 1997 elections.
Chuck has continued to serve since and is. Is a senior government minister.