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Former PM Edward Seaga is seriously ill

Former PM Edward Seaga is seriously ill

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Former Prime Minister, Edward Seaga, has been admitted to hospital in Florida in the United States in serious condition.

According to sources, Seaga was travelling when he fell ill, and was taken to hospital, where he was admitted.

 

The former Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) leader turns 89 on May 28.

 

He served as prime minister of Jamaica between 1980 and 1989.

 

Seaga famously won a landslide victory over Michael Manley’s People’s National Party (PNP) in the hotly contested October 1980 General Elections on a ‘deliverance’ agenda.

 

The JLP comfortably remained in office for nine years, as the PNP boycotted a snap election that was called in 1983.

 

Seaga is the last surviving member of the framers of the Jamaican Constitution. He served as JLP leader for 31 years, and as Member of Parliament (MP) for West Kingston for 43 years, from 1962 until his retirement in 2005, the longest ever by a Jamaican politician.

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