Jamaica PM Andrew Holness announced general elections to hold Dec. 29

According to AP, it reported, Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced on Sunday that general elections will be took place in this island nation on December 29. Elections were due by December 2012, but Holness said the Caribbean island's international partners and lenders needed to know before the end of the year if voters will give him a mandate to govern Jamaica for the next five years.
"Business people are confident in this government," Holness asserted Sunday night at a packed rally in the central town of Mandeville.
The 39-year-old Holness gave credit to his ruling Jamaica Labor Party for providing political leadership since the 2007 elections, laying a path for reforms and improving the debt-swamped island's economic performance after 18 years of opposition rule.
He was sworn in as prime minister on Oct. 23 and quickly said he would root out corruption, reduce debt and bureaucracy, attract foreign investment and fight poverty. He's also called for an end to links between politicians and slum bosses in vote-rich ghettos.
His predecessor, Bruce Golding, stepped down in October after four years as prime minister when his popularity sagged due to his nine-month opposition to a U.S. extradition request for a notorious gang leader. Labor Party lawmakers unanimously chose Holness as their party's leader, and he automatically became prime minister.
Jamaica is "ready for a positive future," Holness told tens of thousands of partisans wearing the governing party's trademark green as he called the vote.
The winner of the Dec. 29 election will face deep economic problems on this island of 2.8 million people. Jamaica's debt stands at roughly $18.6 billion, or 130 per cent of gross domestic product, a rate about 10 percentage points higher than Italy's and 20 points lower than Greece's.