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JLP leader apologises to Williams, Tufton

Published:Sunday | February 8, 2015 | 6:31 PM

Opposition Leader Andrew Holness this morning publicly apologised to the two senators who he had booted and replaced following their opposition to his leadership in 2013.



His apology to Dr Christopher Tufton and Arthur Williams follows the Constitutional Court's ruling on Friday that pre-signed, undated resignation letters which he had used to oust the men, were unconstitutional.



Addressing congregants at the Boulevard Baptist Church in St Andrew, Holness described the situation as a "regrettable embarrassment" and "unreservedly apologised" to both men.



Likening himself to the bible character, King David, Holness said it was important for him to acknowledge his error if he had done something wrong and that he had a duty to apologise.



The Opposition leader said the challenge many leaders face today is reconciling the law with what is morally correct.



He said it is important that the nation be reassured that its leaders do what is morally right.



Holness said he is consulting with attorneys on how to resolve the issue in relation to not only Williams and Tufton, but the men who replaced them in the upper house, Dr Nigel Clarke and Ruel Reid.



It's not clear whether an attempt has been made by Holness to personally apologise to Williams and Tufton, but The Gleaner-Power 106 News understands that a personal apology from Holness has not been received by either men.



Meanwhile, Tufton said he is yet to review Friday's ruling by the Constitutional Court. He said he will continue to reserve comment on the matter until he has reviewed the judgment.



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