Prime Minister, Kamla Persad Bissessar says the government will not move ahead with the constitution amendment bill 2014 in the parliament, before it is dissolved.
She was speaking at the weekly post cabinet news briefing held at the Office of the Prime Minister, St. Clair, on Thursday afternoon.
Three of the areas identified in the bill were the right of recall for members of parliament, term limits for Prime Ministers and run-off provision.
Mrs. Persad Bissessar said feedback received from several quarters there continues to concern about various aspects of the legislation.
She assured that the concerns raised will not be sidelined adding that more consultations will be held.
The Prime Minister also dismissed claims that the government was trying to rush the legislation ahead of the close of the parliamentary term.
Prime Minister, Kamla Persad Bissessar
Meanwhile, speaking at a news conference held by the Roundtable this afternoon, former Attorney General, Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj said he felt government had enough time to properly dialogue with the various stakeholders on this matter, instead of opting to shut it down. He said he feels government’s decision came amid strong public outcry.
Former Attorney General, Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj