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Governor-General of Jamaica

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The governor-general of Jamaica is the viceregal representative of the Jamaican monarch, King Charles III, in Jamaica.

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Governor-General of Jamaica
Coat of arms of Jamaica
Patrick Allen
since 26 February 2009
ResidenceKing's House
(Government House)
AppointerMonarch of Jamaica
Term lengthAt His Majesty's pleasure
Formation6 August 1962
First holderKenneth Blackburne
Salary70,400 USD annually[1][2]

The monarch, on the advice of the prime minister, appoints a governor-general as his or her representative in Jamaica. Both the monarch and the governor-general hold much power, but rarely exercise it, usually only in emergencies and, in some cases,[which?] war.

The governor-general represents the monarch on ceremonial occasions such as the Ceremonial Opening of Parliament, the presentation of honours, and military parades. Under the Constitution, they are given authority to act in some matters, for example in appointing and disciplining officers of the civil service, proroguing Parliament, and so on, but only in a few cases do they have the power to act entirely at their own discretion.[3]

Jamaican republicanism, a position which is held by the current Jamaican government, generally advocates for the replacement of the governor-general with a non-executive president.