Portia Simpson Miller, the new Prime Minister of Jamaica, has pledged to drop the Queen of England as official Jamaican head of state, the AP reports.”I love the Queen; she is a beautiful lady,” Simpson Miller said, “But I think time come.”
Jamaica has been independent of Britain since 1962 but has remained a part of the Commonwealth with the Queen as official head of state. This year will mark the 50th year of independence.
Simpson Miller, Jamaica’s first female Prime Minister, was sworn in today. She returned for her second term in office, having already been Prime Minister between 2006 and 2007.
Last April, Jamaica’s previous Prime Minister, Bruce Golding, said that he thought this year should be the year Jamaica breaks ties with the Queen.
“I have long believed that if I am to have a queen, it must be a Jamaican queen. I would not wish to see us celebrate 50 years of Independence without completing that part of our ‘sovereignisation’, for want of a better word,” he said in April.
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