Jamaica is planning to sever its ties with the British monarchy and transition into a republic by the year 2024.
During an interview on Thursday with Sky News, Jamaica’s Minister of Legal and Constitutional Affairs, Marlene Malahoo Forte, said that the Jamaican government intends to present a bill the next month to cut the country’s links with the British monarchy. Forte made this announcement during the interview. It is possible that King Charles will no longer hold the post of head of state by the year 2024 as a result of this action.
Jamaica intends to write a new constitution that will sever links with the king as the head of state. This will be accomplished through the drafting of a new constitution. The minister added that it is time for Jamaicans to say goodbye to the British monarch, and her administration is committed to making it happen. The minister also emphasized that her government is determined to make it happen.
After the law, which might take around nine months to pass, there will be a referendum so that the people of Jamaica can have their final say on the issue. A recent survey revealed that majorities in virtually all of the nations that are part of the British Commonwealth, such as Jamaica, would vote to become republics if they were given the choice to do so.
Jamaica, which had been a colony of the United Kingdom since 1655 and won its independence in 1962. On the other hand, the authorities of Jamaica at the time chose to forego republicanism in favor of transforming the country into a Commonwealth realm and appointing Queen Elizabeth II as their monarch. All subsequent Jamaican governments have made the promise to replace the monarch with a president, but none of them have been able to carry out their promise because of opposition from Jamaicans who favor remaining in the Commonwealth.
Malahoo Forte pointed out that the people of Jamaica do not have a familiarity with King Charles, despite the fact that a large number of Jamaicans have a genuine fondness for Queen Elizabeth II. Others in Jamaica see the monarchy as a painful reminder of colonialism and the transatlantic slave trade, while others see it as a source of stability. Some Jamaicans view the monarchy as a source of stability.
On the eve of gaining independence, Jamaica had a homicide rate of 3.9 per 100,000 people, which was historically low due to the historical role of British control in bringing order to the island. On the other hand, the rate of homicide has skyrocketed to 43.8 per 100,000 people in 2022, making it the second highest in the world. A total of around 600,000 Africans were brought to Jamaica by the British, who also benefited financially from the plantations that were established on the island. According to Malahoo Forte, transitioning to a republic means severing ties with a type of governance that is intimately connected to a troubled history.
Malahoo Forte is seeking a comprehensive apology and compensation from the monarchy in order to right the wrongs of the past. Although Prince William admitted that slavery was reprehensible the year before, Malahoo Forte is demanding more. She made it clear that the Jamaican people desire reparations, and she promised that the government will act in accordance with that demand.
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