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Khadijah Ameen justifies abstention from voting on marriage act

Khadijah Ameen justifies abstention from voting on marriage act

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Opposition Senator, Khadijah Ameen

Several UNC members in the Senate have come under fire for their decision to abstain from voting

during yesterday’s debate on the Miscellaneous Provisions (Marriage) Bill.

The bill intended to raise the age of marriage in this country to 18 years old was passed in the

Senate just after 10pm on Tuesday with a simple majority after several amendments were made in spite

that fact Attorney General Faris Al Rawi initially indicated that a special majority needed.

Independent Senator Dhanayshar Mahabir

Opposition Senator Wade Mark and Independent Senator Dhanayshar Mahabir.

The abstentions came from UNC Senators Wayne Sturge, Gerald Ramdeen, Khadijah Ameen and Wade Mark as well as Independent Senator Dhanayshar Mahabir.

Senator Ameen sought to clear the air on her prospective regarding this continuous issue in an

interview with the Power Breakfast Show, here on Power 102.1fm this morning.

She claims that while she is in support of the change, there are certain aspects of the bill that she

is not quite comfortable with, hence her resolution to forego voting on the matter.

The legislation now goes to the Lower House to be debated by Members of Parliament.

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