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Jamaica: "We now need to complete the circle of independence"
Jamaica went to the polls on 29 December and elected a new government led by Portia Simpson Miller of the People's National Party. In her inaugural address as Prime Minister, she stated:
"We now need to complete the circle of independence. We will, therefore, initiate the process for our detachment from the Monarchy to become a Republic with our own indigenous President, as Head of State.
Jamaica's 50th year of independence will be marked on 6 August, so it's an ambitious target to turn Jamaica into a republic by then. Previous Jamaican Prime Ministers have set time frames for republican status which haven't been met.
Interestingly, Jamaica's constitution requires both a two-thirds majority and a minimum three-month debate period to amend the constitution. A Bill to abolish the monarchy would need to be introduced in May to make the August deadline, not counting time for a referendum.
Update: Unfortunately the original date of Jamaica's independence in this blog was wrong - it's actually August 6. The BBC also has a blog on the issue, which is raising concerns for Prince Harry's trip there later this year.