Tuesday 10 December, 2019

Former Industry and Commerce Minister, Douglas Vaz, has died

Douglas (left) and Daryl Vaz at a social engagement.

Douglas (left) and Daryl Vaz at a social engagement.

Former Industry and Commerce Minister, Douglas Vaz, who was a four-term Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Member of Parliament (MP), has died.

The long-serving politician, who last represented North East St Andrew, passed away on Saturday night. He was 83 years old.

Douglas Vaz was also the father of current West Portland MP and Cabinet Minister, Daryl Vaz.

“It is with deep sadness that we learn of the passing of former Industry and Commerce Minister, Douglas Vaz,” Prime Minister and JLP leader, Andrew Holness, said in a tweet on his official Twitter page.

“Mr Vaz passed away in his sleep,” stated Holness.

“Douglas served our party and Jamaica with distinction.

“My thoughts are with the Vaz family at this time."

Douglas Vaz first won a seat in Parliament in 1976, representing North Central St Andrew.

He served in the Cabinet during the JLP administration from 1980 to 1989.

The elder Vaz became MP for North East St Andrew for a single term when the constituency was created ahead of the 1989 General Elections, but was defeated by Karlene Kirlew-Robertson in the next general elections in 1993.

Kirlew-Robertson was also a one-term parliamentary representative for the constituency, as she was defeated by Delroy Chuck in the 1997 elections. But Chuck is into his fourth term as MP there.

The younger Vaz, Daryl, is presently the Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, with responsibility for land, environment, climate change and investments.

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