Party reaffirms support for its longtime leader
KINGSTON - Legislators from Jamaica's main opposition party voted
strongly in favor of keeping their embattled leader despite calls for his
three decades in charge.
Opposition members of Parliament voted 17-3 in an emergency meeting
this week to keep Edward Seaga, 73, as head of the Jamaica Labor Party,
spokeswoman Prudence Kidd-Deans said. Party members called the secret ballot an attempt to discount media reports of a rebellion within the party,
which Seaga has led since 1974.
The vote provides a much-needed boost for Seaga, who has faced
mounting criticism since his party's fourth straight defeat to the governing
National Party in 2002 general elections. Some party supporters have called on the former prime minister to step down as leader, accusing him of an
autocratic, heavy-handed style.