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Jamaica cuts celebrations budget

Jamaica's government said it will spend only about eight million US dollars (£5 million) on celebrations marking the island's 50th year of independence in August - a sharp cut from what the previous government planned to spend.

Before suffering a strong defeat in December elections, the previously governing Jamaica Labour Party had set a budget of 30 million US dollars (£18.9 million).

Youth and Culture Minister Lisa Hanna said the new budget is in keeping with what Jamaica can afford.

She said that the festivities can "stimulate a rebirth in the minds and hearts of all Jamaicans".

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