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Late former Jamaica prime minister, Edward Seaga.
Late former Jamaica prime minister, Edward Seaga.
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 President of the New Democratic Party (NDP) Godwin Friday will travel to Jamaica to attend the funeral, on Sunday, of former Prime Minister of Jamaica, Edward Phillip George Seaga.

Seaga died May 28, 2019, on his 89th birthday.

He is Jamaica’s fifth prime minister, from 1980 to 1989, and the leader of the JAmaica Labour Party from 1974 to 2005 when he retired from active politics.

Seaga was the last remaining member of the generation of leaders who drafted that country’s constitution when Jamaica gained independence from Britain in 1962. 

“Dr. Friday is attending the funeral as an executive member of the Caribbean Democrat Union (CDU) and also as the President of the New Democratic Party, a sister party of the JLP,” the NDP said in a statement on Saturday.

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“The New Democratic Party extends condolences to the family of Mr. Seaga, to Prime Minister Andrew Holness and the JLP and to the people of Jamaica. We share your loss.”

Whilst Friday is abroad, Member of Parliament for Central Kingstown, St. Clair Leacock, who is one of the NDP’s two vice-presidents, will act as party leader.