Jamaican leader sets general elections for end of month

KINGSTON - Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness, who took office less than two months ago, announced on Sunday that the Caribbean island nation will hold general elections on December 29.
Holness, who was just sworn in on October 23 when former Prime Minister Bruce Golding stepped down as premier of the heavily indebted country, announced the election on a visit to the south-central town of Mandeville where he spoke before a crowd of supporters of the ruling Jamaica Labour Party (JLP).
"We are ready for progress, ready for development and ready for a positive future," Holness said.
Holness, 39 and Jamaica's youngest prime minister ever, was appointed by JLP lawmakers to succeed Golding when he decided to step down after four years in office amid mounting criticism over economic issues and his handling of a politically charged U.S. request for the extradition of a notorious Jamaican gang leader.