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June 19, I'll remain PM - Patterson
McLean, Gleaner Writer
ST ANN: PRIME MINISTER P. J. Patterson, on the campaign trail
in St. Ann Friday night, warned that whatever happens on June
19 will not change the fact that on the morning of the 20th,
he will remain the Prime Minister of Jamaica.
to drum up support for 15 candidates contesting the Local
Government elections on the People's National Party's ticket,
he took the opportunity to pat himself on the shoulder for
what the country has accomplished under his administration.
1989 to 2002," he said, "we have transformed the
face of Jamaica for the better."
he had a word for "anyone eyeing Central Government".
Mr. Patterson said he would remain in office until he
Mr. Patterson once again hinted at a departure from politics
but said that he had a mission still to be completed before
PNP supporters and the 15 candidates, who will contest the
upcoming elections, the Prime Minister said one of the things
he wants to ensure before he goes is to bring more young people
into the leadership at the representational level of the party,
and to make sure that women also come forward.
his attention to education, Mr. Patterson promised to reduce
the amount of cost sharing that families have to pay for those
who are going into secondary school and reiterated the Government's
commitment to subsidise some exam subjects.
said, this year, $840 million has been provided in the budget
to be available in September to start the gradual reduction
in school fees.
Patterson also announced that his Government was moving ahead
to assist cane farmers in the replanting programme.
agreement reached on Thursday, between the Development Bank
of Jamaica (DBJ) and the Sugar Industry Authority (SIA) will
see the DBJ lending $100 million to the SIA, to assist the