Ambassador Marks said "the indelible mark that this former Prime Minister and formidable political giant has left on Jamaica’s political landscape is, without question, one of utmost significance, given his important role in shaping the country’s post-independence politics and cultural life."
"Significantly, Mr. Seaga, who had led Jamaica as prime minister from 1980 until 1989, was the last surviving member of that generation of leaders directly involved in drafting the constitution that would govern Jamaica after independence from Britain in August 1962. Jamaica certainly has lost an iconic, irrepressible leader," she continued.
The Jamaican envoy said "Mr. Seaga will long be remembered by many in Jamaica, the Caribbean and the world for the iconic role he played in a political career that stretched back to the late 1950s, most notably as Member of Parliament for West Kingston for 40 consecutive years, a record in the annals of Jamaican parliamentary representation."
She observed that "Politics formed the prominent part of Mr. Seaga’s legacy, but the cultural and social landscape also bear the influence of his involvement, even if this may be less known, especially among the younger generations of Jamaicans born after he left active politics.
"Not one to retreat from public service, his years since retiring from politics have been spent a distinguish fellow at the University of the West Indies, a tireless promoter of Jamaica’s football program and a constant supporter of our arts and culture. Even as we mourn as a nation, we are also grateful for Edward Seaga’s lifelong service to Jamaica and Jamaicans," she said.
Miss Marks said "as Ambassador of Jamaica in the United States, I join in conveying to Mr. Seaga’s immediately family, especially his wife Carla and his children, our deepest sympathies and condolences in this a time of national and personal loss."
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