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Jamaica set to remove the Queen as head of state

A legislation is to be embarked upon this year to replace the queen with a non-executive president.

Governor General Sir Patrick Allen made the announcement during his Throne Speech at the ceremonial opening of Parliament on Thursday.

Jamaica has long flirted with the idea of severing ties with the British monarchy and turning a page on its colonial past.

Portia Simpson Miller announced her desire to replace Queen Elizabeth II as Jamaica’s head of state with a Jamaican non-executive president during her swearing-in ceremony in 2012 after the People’s National Party had taken over Government.

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