P. J. Patterson

Percival Noel James Patterson, ON (mostly PJ Patterson, born April 10, 1935 in Westmoreland, Jamaica) is a Jamaican politician and served from 1992 to 2006 Prime Minister of his country. He is a member of the People's National Party. Prior to his political career, he attended the University of the West Indies and the London School of Economics.

No one was as long as Prime Minister of Jamaica Patterson. In 1969 he became a member of Parliament, under Michael Manley, he led in the 1970s, various ministries. In 1992 he followed Manley after his resignation as Prime Minister after. In the same year, and in 1997 and 2002, he won the general election with his party.

Falsely Patterson is often referred to as the first black prime minister (see Hugh Shearer ). In 2004, he announced that Jamaica will not recognize a new government in Haiti under Gérard Latortue. In contrast to most other countries, he harbored doubts about the abdication of the old Government Jean -Bertrand Aristide. Aristide accused the U.S. and France before that he had kidnapped him from his country. While he tried to take legal action against it, he was allowed to live in Jamaica.

During his tenure, Patterson was busy mainly to the consolidation of the economy, trying to reduce the national debt. The poor economic situation, particularly the mid-1990s, but that was not the case. In March 2006, he resigned for health reasons.