Provisional results showed Jamaica’s opposition party narrowly winning a general election on Thursday, with promises of jobs and hefty tax cuts that appealed to voters weary of the current government’s IMF-mandated austerity measures.
The Jamaican Labour Party won 33 of 63 parliamentary seats with almost all the votes counted, the electoral commission website showed.
Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller’s People’s National Party had been predicted to win, but polls had tightened in the last week.
The Labourites will now form Jamaica’s new Government, after the People’s National Party only managed to win 30 constituency seats.
The December 2011 election, which resulted in the JLP being voted out of office after just one term, saw a 53 per cent turnout of electors, in which the PNP shocked the nation by capturing 42 of the 63 parliamentary seats. The remainder went to the JLP.
The Jamaica Labour Party has now won eight elections to the People’s National Party’s nine.
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