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Jamaica moving to ditch Queen Elizabeth II

Jamaica's parliament may replace Queen Elizabeth II as the country's head of state and make the island a republic

Plans underway to replace Queen Elizabeth II as Jamaica’s head of state and make the island a republic

NEW YORK — According to the UK’s Telegraph News, Jamaica’s parliament is to consider a constitutional amendment that would replace Queen Elizabeth II as the country’s head of state and make the island a republic.

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Now, that’s a shot that could be heard around the world. And it’s about time. Jamaica declared its independence from Britain in 1962 but remains a member of the Commonwealth.

The Telegraph revealed the plan was unveiled by the Queen’s representative, Patrick Allen, the governor-general, in a speech to parliament on April 14, setting out the government’s agenda for the year ahead – the local equivalent of the Queen’s speech.

According to the newspaper, the news could herald a sour note for the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations.

The British monarch remains head of state in a dwindling band of 15 Commonwealth countries, including Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.

Allen said the Constitution (Amendment) Bill would “replace Her Majesty The Queen with a non-executive president as head of state.”

Proposals to ditch the Queen have been raised frequently since 2003 when then prime minister PJ Patterson, first made the case for turning Jamaica into a republic, the Telegraph reported.

“The majority of people in Jamaica are ready to consign to history the last vestiges of colonialism,” Allen was quoted as saying.

Last year, the British government said it was a matter for the people of Jamaica to decide. Politicians among both the country’s Leftist main political parties — the People’s National Party and the Jamaica Labor Party – have backed the idea.



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