Monday, September 3, 2007
IN an excruciatingly close contest, Bruce Golding ended the near two-decade rule of the People's National Party. This was after a bruising electoral battle that pitted him and his Jamaica Labour Party against a populist and first woman prime minister in the nation's history. The JLP claimed 31 of the 60 seats up for grabs. The remaining 29 seats went to the PNP, with the usual wipeout of a collection of splinter parties. It was a bitter defeat for the first woman PM on whom the PNP pinned all its hope for a fifth consecutive five-year term in office.