In Jamaica, co-chair of constitutional reform committee defends committee proposal to expand grounds for extending parliamentary sessions
10 October 2023
Jamaican Minister of Legal and Constitutional Affairs Marlene Malahoo Forte (photo credit: Yhomo Hutchinson/CNG Media)
Co-Chair of the Constitutional Reform Committee Marlene Malahoo Forte is defending the aim of widening of the circumstances under which the life of Parliament could extended. Mrs Malahoo Forte reported to Parliament earlier this week that the Committee discussed and agreed that there should be additional emergency situations that would allow for the extension. Opposition Leader Mark Golding raised objections, stating that it could lead to abuse. Currently the Constitution allows for an extension of up to two years in the event of a war. [...] She explained however that, instead of a 12 month extension, in the first instance, "we would begin with six months, and then we would devise a formula to ensure, at the end of the day, (that) the circumstances would be so clear to Government and Opposition alike, that it would be non-controversial."
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