Jamaica prime minister calls early elections for Feb. 25

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Jamaica’s top politician has set Feb. 25 as the date for general elections. The vote had to come by December, but Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller says her People’s National Party is ready now.

She made the announcement at a late Sunday rally in Jamaica’s capital to cheering supporters decked out in orange, the color of her party. Simpson Miller says her team is committed to a “peaceful campaign.”

The contest will pit her faction against the Jamaica Labor Party led by former Prime Minister Andrew Holness. He led Jamaica for just over two months before his party lost 2011 elections by a 2-1 margin.

Simpson Miller is seeking a second consecutive term. She became Jamaica’s first female leader during a year-and-a-half stint in office that ended in 2007.

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