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Opposition call emergency meeting to discuss Constitutional reform

by | Aug 6, 2014

news 1An emergency meeting was called by the People’s National Movement (PNM) yesterday at the Balliser House to discuss the constitutional amendments proposed by Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar.

All MPs, legal advisers and officers were called to a series of meetings to formulate its position on the Government’s constitutional reform legislation, which will be debated in six days.

Speaking in Parliament, the Prime Minister said a Constitution (Amendment) Bill 2014 is being introduced which would propose a two-term limit for the office of the Prime Minister, a recall provision and a run-off poll in elections for the House of Representatives.

While Government’s full complement of MPs was present at Monday’s opening of the parliamentary session, half the 13 Opposition MPs were absent.

The PNM, which had expected a recess, later accused Government of breaching Parliament’s new Standing Orders in convening sittings next week during the expected “vacation” period.

Opposition Faris- Al- Rawi stated that Government’s decision to bring this matter for debate next Monday is a “flagrant breach” of the Standing Orders of the House of Representatives.

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