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Holness must call emergency meeting of JLP to discuss court ruling - Crawford

Published:Sunday | February 8, 2015 | 2:56 PM
Political analyst and university lecturer, Richard Crawford - File

Political scientist Richard Crawford is urging the leader of the Opposition to urgently convene a meeting with his party hierarchy following Friday's ruling by the Constitutional Court.



The Constitutional Court ruled that Andrew Holness' use of pre-signed, undated resignation letters to remove Opposition senators, Arthur Williams and Dr Christopher Tufton, from the Senate was unconstitutional.



Crawford says the Opposition leader must move swiftly to convene an emergency meeting of the Opposition to discuss the impact of Friday's ruling by the Constitutional Court, including his future as Leader of the Opposition.



According to him, Holness' explanation that his intent was to safeguard the spirit and provisions of the Constitution from changes may not be in the best interest of Jamaicans.



Crawford says the Opposition leader's continued attempts to explain away the issue is only further weakening his credibility and causing the Opposition to be ridiculed. He says the Opposition has run out of options and must urgently meet to address the matter. He says Holness' introduction of the letters harks back to an old style of politics that has no place in present-day political leadership.



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