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Thursday 30 July 2015

Holness sworn in as Jamaica's PM

Published 24/10/2011 | 04:32

Andrew Holness takes the oath of allegiance as he beomes Jamaica's youngest prime minister (AP)
Andrew Holness takes the oath of allegiance as he beomes Jamaica's youngest prime minister (AP)

Andrew Holness has been sworn in as Jamaica's ninth prime minister.

The 39-year-old took the oath of allegiance to his country before about 4,000 people gathered on the lawn of King's House in Kingston.

He became the youngest leader in Jamaica's history.

The former education minister pledged to ease the Caribbean island's poverty by increasing access to education, creating meaningful jobs and ending political alliances with gang leaders and community "dons".

Mr Holness takes over from Bruce Golding, who officially stepped down after four years as prime minister.

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