Calls for general elections intensify

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Calls are growing louder for general elections to be called as soon as a new Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) leader is installed.
Attorney-at-law Arnaldo Brown says outgoing Prime Minister Bruce Golding should bring forward the date for his departure from Jamaica House and clear the way for his successor to seek a mandate from electors.
 "The constitutional formula that is very clear and since they have taken this bold step, I believe that Mr. Golding should really revise his timetable for resignation and get out of the pen and allow Mr. Holness in there and allow Jamaican people to go to the polls sooner rather than later so they can give whoever they feel like the mandate to run this country," Mr. Brown said.
Some political analysts have expressed the view that the JLP should capitalize on the euphoria surrounding Mr. Holness' impending elevation to Party Leader and call the elections earlier than they are constitutionally due.
In the meantime, JLP Chairman Mike Henry says he is not aware that Mr. Golding has any intention of fast tracking his resignation ahead of the party's annual conference.
 "No I have not had any such discussion as chairman nor has the party, as far as I know, had any. The General Secretary is not here so that would be an issue, if it were ever to be discussed, it would have to be raised at Standing Committee and that won't happen until Monday," Mr. Henry said.
On Wednesday [October 5] political analyst, Dr. Paul Ashley, said the government being led by Mr. Golding has become untenable in light of fast-moving political developments.   
According to Dr. Ashley, Prime Minister Golding should fast forward his move from the front line of government and allow Mr. Holness to pick his Cabinet Ministers and get on with the country's business.
However a subsequent statement from the Office of the Prime Minister said Mr. Golding will remain as head of the Government until an official transition and swearing-in takes place at a time and date to be determined.   
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