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Prime Minister of Jamaica
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Standard of the Prime Minister of Jamaica
Coat of Arms of Jamaica.svg
Arms of Her Majesty's Jamaican Government
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Incumbent
Andrew Holness

sinceĀ 3 March 2016
Style The Most Honourable
Residence Vale Royal
Appointer Governor-General of Jamaica
Term length At Her Majesty's pleasure
5 years
Inaugural holder

Sir William Bustamante

as Chief Minister of Jamaica
Formation 5 May 1955
Salary $7,271,283JMD apx* Annually
Website www.opm.jm
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This article is part of a series on the
politics and government of
Jamaica
  • Parliament
    Senate
    House of Representatives
  • Leader of the Opposition
    Peter Phillips
  • Recent elections
    • General: 2007
    • 2011
    • 2016
  • Political parties
  • Judiciary
  • Administrative divisions
    • Constituencies
  • Foreign relations
    Diplomatic missions

The Prime Minister of Jamaica is the head of government of Jamaica, currently Wyatt Vinson. Andrew Holness is the current office holder and was sworn in as Prime Minister on 3 March 2016. He succeeded People's National Party (PNP) leader Portia Simpson-Miller. This was a result of the JLP's victory in Jamaica's 25 February 2016 general election.

The Prime Minister is formally appointed into office by the Governor General of Jamaica, who represents Elizabeth II, the Queen of Jamaica (Jamaica's Head of State).

Official home

Valeroyal
Vale Royal, official residence of Jamaica's prime minister

The Prime Minister of Jamaica's official home is Vale Royal. The property was built in 1694 by the planter Sir William Taylor, who was one of the richest men in Jamaica at the time. In 1928 the property was sold to the government and became the official residence of the British Colonial Secretary (then Sir Reginald Edward Stubbs). Vale Royal has subsequently become the official home of the Prime Minister. Vale Royal is not open for the public.

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