CARIBBEAN: Jamaica to debate removal of Britain’s Queen as Head of State

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CARIBBEAN: Jamaica to debate removal of Britain’s Queen as Head of State

1200x-1BLOOMBERG – Jamaican lawmakers will debate a constitutional amendment that would replace Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II as head of state and make the island a republic.

The proposal is a “major action item” on the new government’s 2016-2017 legislative agenda, and would replace the Queen with a Non-Executive President, Governor General Sir Patrick Allen said Thursday in a speech to parliament posted on the government’s website.

Jamaican Labour Party leader Andrew Holness scraped a narrow win in general elections in February as voters opted for promises of tax cuts and a higher minimum wage over the previous government’s austerity program. The legislative agenda also includes a proposal to set fixed election dates and term limits for the Prime Minister, as well as a proposal to fully legalize marijuana for “specified purposes.”

The measures would need to be passed by Parliament to become law. The government also plans to set up a single anti-corruption body, and reform the tax and pension system, Allen said.

The Queen is also head of state of other Caribbean nations, including Barbados and the Bahamas.

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    • instead you ask god to save you you asking god to save the queen, smdh the queen dont even know or care about you

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    • Why don't you try and get a British Passport!!!??? Ask her for one next time she is in Town!!

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  1. yall right i agree with yall they not doing anything for yall to me just to even get a British visa is a hassle

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