(Bloomberg) — Jamaican voters returned 48-year-old Prime Minister Andrew Holness to power in a landslide to oversee the nation’s recovery from its worst-ever economic crisis.
With 98.9% of ballot boxes counted, Holness’s Jamaican Labour Party was ahead in 49 of the 63 parliamentary constituencies, compared to 14 seats for the opposition People’s National Party led by former Finance Minister Peter Phillips.
Holness told supporters that Phillips had called to congratulate him on his victory.
“We will usher in an era of stability in which we will grow and usher in an era when Jamaica can fulfill its true destiny,” Holness said after his victory.
Jamaica has undergone one of the most dramatic turnarounds in emerging markets in recent years, slashing government debt, opening the doors to Chinese investment and getting unemployment down to record levels. Holness has pledged to get the island of nearly 3 million people back on track