Opposition Leader Mark Golding says Prime Minister Andrew Holness’ recent comments on dual citizens sitting in Parliament is at odds with the law.

Mr. Holness says it is untenable and incurable for any Jamaican wanting to serve as Prime Minister or Leader of the Opposition, to also be a citizen of a foreign country.

Nora Gaye Banton reports.


Prime Minister Andrew Holness says while he supports dual citizens sitting as Members of Parliament, they should not be eligible to serve as Prime Minister or Opposition Leader. 

In a television interview Monday, Mr. Holness declared that those who aspire to be the ultimate leader of Jamaica must not have split loyalties.

But in a quick response on social media, Opposition Leader Mark Golding, stated that the Constitution does not support that.

Mr. Golding himself has admitted to being a dual citizen.

He’s a Jamaican citizen by birth and a UK citizen by descent. 

Mr. Golding says he has not renounced his British citizenship, as it’s not legally necessary for him to do so.

Section 39-Part ‘A’ of the Jamaican Constitution says any person, who, at the date of their appointment or nomination for election, can serve in parliament as long as he or she is a Commonwealth citizen of the age of 21 years and upwards.

According to Mr. Golding, the Prime Minister’s proposal is consistent with a pattern of unconstitutional moves by his administration.