During a media briefing at Jamaica House on Wednesday, April 6, Minister of Legal and Constitutional Affairs, Marlene Malahoo-Forte announced that Jamaica will not become a Republic in time for the country’s 60th year of independence on August 6.
“The constitution sets out its own process for amendment and we cannot deviate from it. The commitment of the prime minister to transition Jamaica away from a constitutional monarchy is one that will be kept but I know persons are wondering whether we will have it done in time for the celebration of Jamaica 60. Unfortunately, the procedure set out in the constitution will not permit that timing to be met,” stated Minister Malahoo-Forte.
In her speech, she mentioned that while Barbados made the momentous mark in removing the Queen as head of state in November 2021, individuals should not make comparisons with Jamaica. She, however, asks that persons understand that the constitutional provisions of the two countries are different.
Minister Malahoo-Forte further added that the country will need to go through a constitutional process to become a republic, whilst also noting that Jamaica has a constitutional primacy, therefore, steps and procedures must be in accordance with the constitution.
For the upcoming Sectoral Debate in May, Minister Malahoo-Forte advised that further information and updates will be provided on the matter.