Saturday, 16 April 2016

Jamaica Considers Replacing UK's Queen As Offcial Head Of State With A President

The Queen may be replaced as Jamaica’s official Head of State in a new proposal. Governor-General Patrick Allen announced plans to make a constitutional amendment that would replace the Queen with a president on Thursday.

The British monarch is officially the head of state in 15 countries in the Commonwealth, Jamaica declared its independence from Britain in 1962 but remains within the Commonwealth. The Queen, who has a ceremonial role in the country, is represented on the island by the governor-general, who is appointed on the advice of the Jamaican Prime Minister.  

He announced the plan to 'replace Her Majesty The Queen with a Non-Executive President as Head of State' during the opening of parliament in Kingston. The Queen last visited Jamaica in 2002 as part of her Golden Jubilee year celebrations. Barbados has also indicated in December the planning to drop the Queen as their head of state later this year, ahead of the 50th anniversary of their independence from British rule. 

If the Queen is replaced as head of state, the island nation will retain links with the British Crown through its membership of the Commonwealth. Other Caribbean countries Dominica and Trinidad and Tobago are already republican countries