He is the country’s former education minister and youngest leader in Jamaica’s history, Andrew Holness, 39. Holness was sworn in Sunday as the replacement of former Prime Minister Bruce Golding, who stepped down suddenly from the post last month.
Holness pledged to would heal political divisions, root out corruption, reduce debt and bureaucracy and attract foreign investment to reduce poverty.
He also said he will “conscientiously and impartially” serve all Jamaicans.
“Jamaica is yearning, crying out, for a new politics to emerge,” Holness said. “Criminals must never be seen by the community as protectors.”
The Spanish Town Holness has a bachelor’s degree in management and a master’s degree in development from the University of the West Indies in Jamaica.