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Jamaica: Golding stands ground in dual citizenship row

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by Alecia Smith (Jamaica Observer) In the midst of mounting public backlash over his dual citizenship, Opposition Leader Mark Golding is standing his ground, insisting that he is compliant with the constitution and laws of Jamaica.

Golding, who holds both Jamaican and British citizenship, made the declaration in a post on social media platform X in response to comments made by Prime Minister Andrew Holness about the matter on the television programme CVM at Sunrise on Monday morning.

In that interview, Holness said he is of the view that the position of any individual who aspires to lead Jamaica but remains a dual citizen is both untenable and incurable.

“It is an untenable situation, and if you intend to become leader of the country, whether as prime minister or any sovereign leadership, leader of the Opposition, to head the Parliament or whatever it is, you really should divest yourself of any other loyalty that you may have,” Holness said.

“I think anyone in that position would be untenable and not just that, I think it would be incurable. In other words, having gone ahead to say, ‘I want to lead the country’ ultimately and not having taken that step before, you can’t cure it afterwards because already the question is, ‘Why didn’t you do this before? Why did you carry us along and not declare this to us?’ ” Holness said.

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