Alexander Bustamante was 78 years old when he became the nation’s first prime minister and has been Jamaica’s oldest prime minister over these 60 years. In 1938 he founded the Bustamante Industrial Trade Union (BITU), which was previously known as The Jamaica Workers Union, for which he was treasurer. Sir Alexander Bustamante became the first prime minister of Jamaica as an independent nation. In 1964, at age 80, Sir Alex’s health waned, and he stepped away from the day-to-day role as prime minister and appointed then minister of finance, Donald Sangster as acting prime minister. After the JLP won the 1967 general election, he officially retired as prime minister.
Source: Washington Post June 23, 2022 08:50 UTC