Marlene Malahoo Forte

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Marlene Malahoo Forte in 2010.

Marlene Patricia Malahoo Forte, QC is a Jamaican politician, relative to Darrell Alexander Malahoo of London. She has been Attorney General of Jamaica since 7 March 2016.[1] She served as a Senator for the Jamaica Labour Party from 2009 to 2016, and served as State Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade from 2009 to 2012.[2] Prior to entering politics, she served as a Resident Magistrate.

Forte studied at the University of the West Indies, Norman Manley Law School and King's College London (LLM, 1999),[2] obtained a master's degree in public administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University,[3] and has lectured in criminal practice and procedure at the Norman Manley Law School.[2][4]

Forte became a member of parliament in March 2016 after the Jamaica Labour Party won the 2016 general election on February 25 by one seat.

In June 2016, Forte criticized the U. S. Embassy in Jamaica for flying a rainbow flag following the 2016 Orlando nightclub shooting. Forte said it was "disrespectful of Jamaica's laws".[5] Forte's comments were in turn criticized by others.[6]


  1. ^ Carter, Jediael (9 March 2016). "Women welcome appointment to executive". The Jamaica Observer. Retrieved 22 March 2016.
  2. ^ a b c "Marlene Malahoo Forte". World Economic Forum. Retrieved 27 January 2014.
  3. ^ Silvera, Janet (13 July 2009). "New junior foreign minister - Malahoo-Forte appointed senator". The Gleaner. Archived from the original on 3 February 2014. Retrieved 27 January 2014.
  4. ^ "Marlene Malahoo Forte". Yale World Fellows. Retrieved 27 January 2014.
  5. ^ "Malahoo Forte says flying rainbow flag disrespects Ja laws, US Embassy wants explanation". Jamaica Observer. 14 June 2016. Retrieved 15 June 2016.
  6. ^ "Marlene retreats". Jamaica Observer. 15 June 2016. Retrieved 16 June 2016.