Although a final tally was not due until later yesterday, election results showed the ruling People's National Party winning at least 45 seats in the 60-member parliament. Some forecasters said Mr Patterson's PNP could end up with 53 seats. The Jamaica Labour Party was guaranteed five seats but looked likely to pick up more, according to projections on state television.
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The Jamaican Prime Minister, P J Patterson, won a landslide victory in a general election marred by violence on Tuesday and asked his country to join him in a prayer for unity, Reuter reports from Kingston.