Minister without Portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister, Derrick Smith, is now in charge of the Government as Prime Minister Andrew Holness is en route to Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

The Office of the Prime Minister says Mr. Holness left the island today for Brazil in support of Jamaica’s athletes who’re participating in the Rio Olympics.

He’s to return to the island next week Tuesday August 16.

Mr. Holness says he intends to bring the good wishes of the nation directly to the athletes.

The Prime Minister will be in Brazil in time for the finals of the marquee sprint events of the Olympics.

He’s expected to witness on the weekend, Usain Bolt and Shelly Fraser Pryce, attempt to become the first man and woman to win three consecutive 100-metres Olympic gold medals.