Opposition wants quick naming of new Cabinet member from Senate

There was still no word from the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) up to Monday morning on the expected appointment of a new member of the Cabinet from the Senate.

With the dismissal of Ruel Reid last week there’s now only one Senator in the Cabinet, contrary to the relevant provision of the Jamaican Constitution that no fewer than two and no more than four members of the Cabinet should be appointed from the Senate.

With Mr. Reid gone, only foreign affairs minister Kamina Johnson Smith remains.

On Wednesday, Prime Minister Andrew Holness gave a commitment to have the Senate seat filled by Sunday and a new senator appointed to the Cabinet.

On Sunday night, Fitz Jackson, Opposition Member of Parliament, told RJR News he's hoping this will now be done by Monday.

When the OPM was contacted, Director of Communications Robert Morgan said Mr. Holness had just returned from the United States, where he met with President Donald Trump on Friday.

Cabinet has meetings scheduled for every Monday but some legal authorities are of the view that the executive cannot legally make major decisions until the matter is resolved.


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