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Jamaica to Quit British Monarchy

Island New Prime Minister Declares Jamaica an Independent Republic

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Jamaica 'to cut ties with British monarchy'


New prime minister says country will establish itself as a republic and break ties with former colonial power.

Jamaica's new prime minister has said that it is time for her country to cut ties with the British monarchy and declare itself an independent republic.

Speaking at her inaugural address on Friday, Portia Simpson Miller, said her government would "initiate the process of detachment from the monarchy", establishing a republic with a president as head of state, and breaking off links with the former colonial power.

Jamaica is a constitutional parliamentary democracy and also a Commonwealth realm.

"I love the Queen. She's a beautiful lady and apart from being a beautiful lady a wise lady and a wonderful lady. But I think time come," Simpson Miller said. More...

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