JAMAICA: No to Chaos

Moving back to moderation

The political winds are blowing from left to right in the Caribbean. Seven of the area's island states this year have retained or produced governments that range from moderate to conservative. The most dramatic of the shifts took place three weeks ago in Jamaica, where voters ousted the eight-year-old government of Prime Minister Michael Manley, 56, a charismatic, pro-Cuban Socialist whose inefficient policies had helped bring his once prosperous island to the edge of bankruptcy.

Manley's successor is Edward Seaga, 50, American-born, Harvard-educated leader of the Jamaica Labor Party. An experienced international economist whose campaign promised closer ties...

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