Patterson is Jamaica's longest-serving Prime Minister. A longtime member of the PNP, he served in a variety of cabinet posts under Prime Minister Michael Manley, then became Prime Minister himself when Manley resigned in 1992. He has since been re-elected three times.
Patterson is said to be Jamaica's first black Prime Minister, and campaigned on a message of returning the country to the hands of its racial majority. Most of Jamaica's past Prime Ministers have been from mixed racial backgrounds, though often appeared physically Caucasian.
He made headlines in 2004 when it was announced that Jamaica (as well as Saint Kitts and Nevis and Venezuela) would not recognize the internationally-installed government of Gérard Latortue in Haiti following the alleged resignation of Jean-Bertrand Aristide. Patterson has been instrumental in arranging for Aristide to take up temporary residence in Jamaica during Aristide's lawsuit against the United States and France accusing the countries of kidnapping him. He is a graduate of the University of the West Indies.
Categories: People stubs | 1935 births | Jamaican people | Members of the Privy Council
Pattersonâ€™s involvement in politics began while he was a student at the University of The West Indies (UWI).
Patterson has gained the respect of his colleagues, locally and regionally and is well respected internationally for his work towards Caribbean economic and political integration, making representations on behalf of the Caribbean region to bodies such as the United Nations, the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group (ACP) and the European Union.
Patterson served as Chairman of the Eleventh Summit of the Group of 15 (G-15), and of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).
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