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Holness visits Seaga in Miami hospital

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Prime Minister Andrew Holness departed the islandthis morning to visit former Prime Minister Edward Seaga whowas hospitalised last Thursdayin Miami, Florida, where he is being treated for an undisclosed ailment.

“I will return to the island, and will update the nation,” Holness said on his official social media pages this morning.

The prime minister said that during his absence from the island, Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Audley Shaw, will be in charge of Government.

Upon Seasga’s hospitalisation last week, sources close to the family of the former leader of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) said that his family is ensuring that he gets the best possible care for his ailment.

They refused to discuss the ailment or Seaga’s condition.

“We would like to thank everyone for their love and prayers,” Seaga’s wife Carla said in a statement, adding that her husband was receiving excellent medical care.

Seaga, who will turn 89 on May 28, is Jamaica's fifth prime minister, from 1980 to 1989, and the leader of the JLP from 1974 to 2005 when he retired from active politics.

Since his retirement he has been an honorary distinguished fellow at the professorial level at The University of the West Indies, and also serves as chancellor of the University of Technology, Jamaica.

Holness returns to the island later today.

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