Monday 25 May, 2020

Premier McLaughlin pays tribute to Edward Seaga

The Cayman Premier, Alden McLaughlin has expressed his sadness at the death of former Jamaican Prime Minister, Edward Seaga. 

He said: “He will be remembered as a great and respected Caribbean Leader and as one of Jamaica’s outstanding politicians. He was the only remaining member of the team who drafted the Constitution when Jamaica gained independence from the UK in 1962 and one of the longest serving Members of the Parliament, not just in Jamaica but in the Caribbean, holding his seat in West Kingston for over 43 years. That is no mean feat in politics.

“His love of culture and particularly Jamaican folk music endeared him to many and as a major record producer, he played a role in introducing ska to the world. I knew him personally and have fond memories of our conversations on occasions when he visited Grand Cayman.

"My sincere condolences go to his family and friends.” 

Edward Seaga, 89, died on his birthday in Miami on May 28. Although he lost the general election in 1989, he remained the Opposition leader for many years afterwards and built national institutions such the annual festival celebrations and the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission.

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