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The Labourites win it…change at last.

Posted on: September 6, 2007

THE skies cleared over Jamaica on September 3rd, as Hurricane Felix passed 400km (250 miles) to the south. Barring a couple of shoot-ups, the island’s general election was as calm as the weather—remarkably so since its outcome was an opposition victory by a narrow margin.

After 18 years of government by the centre-left People’s National Party (PNP), Bruce Golding, the leader of the centre-right Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), looks set to be the next prime minister. According to the Electoral Office, the JLP won 50.1% of the popular vote and 32 of the 60 seats in parliament. Mr Golding was careful not to gloat. Portia Simpson-Miller, the outgoing prime minister, was less gracious, refusing to concede until the next day and grumbling about irregularities. Recounts may drag on for days. But most of her supporters shrugged and moved on.

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