March 31, 1993 |
The conservative People's National Party won a crushing victory Tuesday in parliamentary elections marred by confusion approaching chaos and partisan conflicts that neared serious violence. With more than 60% of the vote counted, computer projections gave the PNP and its leader, Prime Minister P. J. Patterson, at least 64% of the vote against 36% for the opposition Jamaica Labor Party of former Prime Minister Edward Seaga, who conceded defeat.
October 17, 1996 |
Jamaica's Rastafarians won the support of doctors, lawyers and even an English lord Wednesday in a bid to decriminalize marijuana. The Rastafarians, who worship the late Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie, launched the Legalize Ganja Campaign because they regularly use marijuana in their rituals.
July 10, 2001 |
Helicopters roared overhead and armored personnel carriers rumbled down capital streets as the army deployed across Jamaica to quell three days of politically charged violence that police said killed at least 20 people. "The government cannot stand idly by and allow criminal elements to hold this country to ransom," Prime Minister P.J. Patterson told reporters after ordering the entire army into the countryside.