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Andrew Holness, Arthur Williams meeting planned

February 11, 2015 6:57 PM
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Andrew Holness, Arthur Williams meeting planned

A meeting set for this morning between Jamaica Labour Party leader Andrew Holness and Arthur Williams over a recent court ruling has been rescheduled to this afternoon.

In its ruling the Constitutional Court said Holness acted unlawfully when he booted Williams and Dr Christopher Tufton from the Senate.

Williams had taken Holness to the Constitutional Court challenging the basis on which Holness used pre-signed and undated letters to effect their resignations in 2013.

And since the court ruling, there has been no clear indication from the JLP on what actions it will take, especially since two other senators were appointed as replacements.

However, Williams has indicated that he has written to the Senate president advising of his intention to take his seat in the Upper House on Friday.

This morning, JLP general secretary, Dr Horace Chang announced that the party has settled on a solution coming out of a meeting last night.

Dr Chang says it was agreed that Holness would work with the individuals to reach a decision.

Holness initially said the court ruling had no implications for the composition of the Senate.

However, he later softened his stance saying advice is being sought and he would do what is right after getting advice.

Some analysts have said the court ruling means that the two replacements are no longer senators while others say the court ruling was declaratory and therefore has no effect on the current slate of Opposition senators.


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