Gov’t offers condolences on passing of Edward Seaga

FILE - In this Oct. 16, 2002 file photo, former Jamaican Prime Minister Edward Seaga leaves a polling station after voting in the general election, in Kingston, Jamaica. Seaga, who shaped the island’s post-independence politics and cultural life, died Tuesday, May 28, 2019. Seaga was 89. (AP Photo/Andres Leighton, File)

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis  on Wednesday expressed his sincere condolences to the Government and people of Jamaica, as well as the family of Edward Seaga, former Prime Minister of Jamaica, who passed away on Tuesday, May 28, 2019, his birthday.

“Mr. Seaga was a Caribbean political leader whose service to the Jamaican people spanned 43 years.  He served as Jamaica’s fifth Prime Minister and as Leader of the Opposition on two occasions.  He was the leader of the Jamaica Labour Party from 1974 to 2005,” outlined a statement released from the government yesterday.

“He was among the founding generation of Jamaican leaders in an independent Jamaica. Mr. Seaga also helped to foster national development, including his role in helping to create a number of national institutions.  He also helped to promote Jamaican culture and heritage internationally.

“Mr. Seaga will be remembered for many contributions to the country that he served.

“He was the longest serving parliamentarian in Jamaica and played a significant role in shaping that country’s constitution when Jamaica gained its independence from Britain in 1962,” said Prime Minister Minnis.

“May his soul rest in peace.”