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Montague ruled out of order after Ebola query in Senate

Published:Friday | October 3, 2014 | 11:50 AM
Robert Montague - File

Daraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter



KINGSTON, Jamaica:

The absence of a statement from a government minister on Ebola today brought Opposition Senator Robert Montague to his feet, only to be ruled out of order by Senate President Floyd Morris.




Montague today said Jamaicans are "terrified, frightened and scared about the prospects of Ebola in our land" and questioned why no statement is being made.



The order of business of the Senate allows for ministers of government to make statements.



However, there is no requirement for statements to be made.



At the start of the business of the Senate, the government side indicated there would be no statement by a minister.



In a departure from normal proceedings, Montague rose to express his surprise that there was no statement and proceeded to make a statement.



He was however ordered to sit down by Morris who pointed out that he was breaching the rules of the Senate.



Jamaica has been on heightened Ebola watch since a case of the deadly virus was detected in the United States this week.



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