PREMIERSHIP: New Jamaica PM Vows Break With British Monarchy


PREMIERSHIP: New Jamaica PM Vows Break With British Monarchy
by Darius Kadivar

Jamaica's new prime minister has said that it is time for her country to cut ties with the British monarchy and declare itself an independent republic.

Speaking at her inaugural address on Friday, Portia Simpson Miller, said her government would "initiate the process of detachment from the monarchy", establishing a republic with a president as head of state, and breaking off links with the former colonial power. A government spokesman said Simpson Miller’s party would first seek an agreement with the opposition before moving ahead with the constitutional changes, which could be made through parliament without a referendum.

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Jan. 7 -Jamaica's new prime minister, Portia Simpson Miller, says the time has come forher country to cut ties with the British monarchy. Sunita Rappai reports.

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New Jamaica PM vows break with monarchy (CBC News)

Jamaica’s new prime minister has declared that “the time has come” for her country to break its ties to the monarchy.


In her inaugural address, Portia Simpson Miller, first paid tribute to the Queen: “I love the Queen. She is a beautiful lady, and apart from being a beautiful lady, a wise lady and a wonderful lady.”

Simpson Miller then stated, in her Thursday speech to a crowd of 10,000, that her administration would “initiate the process of detachment from the monarchy”, converting her country from a constitutional parliamentary democracy to a republic.

A member of the Commonwealth, Jamaica is on the royal itinerary this year marking the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, with Prince Harry scheduled to visit the Caribbean nation later this year.

It appears Miller’s plans for a republican form of government are aimed to coincide with this year's 50th anniversary of Jamaica's independence from Britain in 1962.

In the meantime, the Queen remains the head of state and is represented on the island by the governor general, Sir Patrick Allen.

Simpson Miller’s centre-left People's National Party won a victory over the governing Labour Party in last week's parliamentary elections, on a platform that included ditching the monarchy.

Her other orders of business include grappling with the country’s anemic economy, massive debt and a 13 per cent unemployment rate.

A government spokesman said Simpson Miller’s party would first seek an agreement with the opposition before moving ahead with the constitutional changes, which could be made through parliament without a referendum.

He said Simpson Miller hopes to have that deal in place by August, when Jamaica's independence celebrations will be in full swing.

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by anglophile on

I am not sure what this prime ministers plans are but refusing to have the Queen as the nominal head of state for Jamiaca does not automatically mean that they are out of the commonwealth. so they may still remain in the commonwealth. But as far as the benefits of the membership are concerned there are certain commonwealth laws on immigration that makes sure there are no immigration control for such immigrants should they wish to work in Britain or vice versa. CW is essentially a club that promotes democracy among ite members and there  are no other obligations on the members. Pakistan and Zimbabwe were (and perhaps still are) expelled from the CW due to their military rules and election frauds. Here is a link in case you are interested: // Regards A 

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What: cost benefit

by Veiled Prophet of Khorasan on


Dear Anglo,

I am interested in a cost benefit analysis of being a part of British Commonwealth. What does a nation get and what must it give.



She will live to regret it

by anglophile on

  Jamaica needs British aid and its memebership of the Commonwealth will guanrattee that. Besies there are hundreds of thousands of British-Jamaicans who feel let down by their homeland.