Golding in US for medical treatment
FORMER Prime Minister Bruce Golding left the island yesterday to seek medical treatment in the United States.
"He left this morning for the United States," Delano Seiveright, former president of G2K, the young professionals arm of the JLP, told the Jamaica Observer yesterday.
Later in the day, the Opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), which Golding led from February 2005 to October 2011, issued a news release saying that the former prime minister went to the US for further medical attention to a back problem.
"The JLP wishes a speedy recovery for Mr Golding and will promptly inform the public on any further developments," the party said.
A highly placed JLP source said Golding has had a back problem for years and has done two corrective surgeries in Jamaica.
The party, the source said, was "waiting and hoping for the best".
Over the weekend, several statements of support were posted on the social media site Facebook wishing Golding a speedy recovery.
After his resignation in 2011, Golding was succeeded by Andrew Holness, the former education minister, who called early general elections in December that year. But the JLP lost the election, making it the first political party to serve only one term in Government since Independence in 1962.
Golding has maintained a low profile since demitting office.