Government sends condolences on Seaga’s passing
The government of The Bahamas yesterday offered condolences to the government and people of Jamaica following the death of former Prime Minister Edward Seaga.
“On behalf of the government and people of The Bahamas, Prime Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis expresses his sincere condolences to the Government and people of Jamaica, and the family of Edward Seaga, former prime minister of Jamaica, who passed away on Tuesday, 28 May 2019, his birthday,” the government said in a statement.
“Mr. Seaga was a Caribbean political leader whose service to the Jamaican people spanned 43 years.
“He served as Jamaica’s fifth prime minister and as leader of the opposition on two occasions. He was the leader of the Jamaica Labour Party from 1974 to 2005.
“He was among the founding generation of Jamaican leaders in an independent Jamaica. Mr. Seaga also helped to foster national development, including his role in helping to create a number of national institutions. He also helped to promote Jamaican culture and heritage internationally.
“‘Mr. Seaga will be remembered for many contributions to the country that he served. He was the longest serving parliamentarian in Jamaica and played a significant role in shaping that country’s constitution when Jamaica gained its independence from Britain in 1962.
“May his soul rest in peace.”
Seaga served as Jamaica’s prime minister from 1980 to 1989.
He died at 89.
His election into office represented a shift in the ideology of post-independence Jamaican politics, away from left-leaning policies and towards a path of more conservatism.
Seaga focused on privatization and deregulation, cutting ties with Cuba and, in the height of the Cold War, aligning Jamaica with prominent western leaders, including Ronald Reagan in United States and Margaret Thatcher in the United Kingdom.
He served as leader of the Jamaican Labour Party until he stepped down in 2005.