Jamaican prime minister recovers after collapse
By Fitzroy Pendergast
Special to CNN
KINGSTON, Jamaica (CNN) -- Prime Minister P.J. Patterson is resting at
home Friday after he collapsed at a political function in Greater Portmore on
"There are no medical problems that we should be scared about," Patterson's
spokesman, Colin Campbell, told CNN.
Patterson was released Friday from University Hospital and is being treated
doctors at his home, Campbell said.
Percival James Patterson, 66, has led Jamaica as prime minister since 1992
experiences widespread popularity in his country. However, his People's National
Party has recently lost a lot of ground.
Many Jamaicans blame the PNP for instigating three days of violence in
left 27 people dead in an area of Kingston that is a stronghold for the opposition
Jamaica Labour Party.
Patterson is seen as the PNP's greatest drawing card and his tireless campaign
efforts for re-election in May 2002 have led to a recent upswing in support for the
party, although it is still behind in the polls.