Jamaican PM Andrew Holness appointed as a member of Privy Council

The Prime Minister of the Caribbean island Jamaica - Andrew Holness, has been appointed as a member of the Privy Council.

Jamaica: The Prime Minister of the Caribbean island Jamaica – Andrew Holness, has been appointed as a member of the Privy Council.

The sixth Governor-General of the Caribbean island – Sir Patrick Allen, issued a statement announcing the appointment recently.

The issued statement stated, “Her Majesty the Queen has been graciously pleased to approve that the Most Honourable Andrew Holness, ON, PC, MP, Prime Minister of the Caribbean island – Jamaica, to be appointed as a member of Her Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council.”

The accepted form of official address of the Prime Minister of Jamaica as of today would be, “The Most Honourable Andrew Holness, ON, PC, MP, Prime Minister.” This appointment became effective on May 26, 2021.

Prime Minister Holness would attend a meeting of the Privy Council, at the first convenient opportunity, in order to take the oath or affirm in the presence of Her Majesty the Queen.

About the Privy Council –
The Privy Council of the United Kingdom is the formal body that includes the advisers to the sovereign of the United Kingdom. Mainly the senior politicians who are current or former members of either the House of Commons or the House of Lords are the part of Privy Council.

The Privy Council purposes to formally advise the sovereign United Kingdom on the exercise of the royal right, and as a body corporate (as Queen-in-Council), it issues executive instruments known as – orders in the Council, which among other powers enact the Acts of Parliament.

Despite this, the Council also holds the delegated authority to issue Orders of Council, primarily used to regulate certain public institutions.

The Council advises the sovereign on the issuing of Royal Charters, which are used to grant special status to incorporated bodies and city or borough status to the local authorities. Otherwise, the Privy Council’s powers have now mainly been replaced by its executive committee, the Cabinet of the United Kingdom.