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Tufton and Williams retake Senate seats

Published:Friday | March 27, 2015 | 1:27 PM
Dr Christopher Tufton (forefront) and Arthur Williams in the Senate today.
Dr Christopher Tufton (forefront) and Arthur Williams in the Senate today.
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Members of Parliament’s Upper House this morning extended their welcome to Arthur Williams and Dr Christopher Tufton as they retook their seats in the Senate.

The Senate was thrown into uncertainty last month when the Constitutional Court ruled that Holness acted unconstitutionally when he used undated, unsigned resignation letters to oust Tufton and Williams from the Senate.

On Wednesday, the Court of Appeal threw out an appeal by Holness in the Senate seat saga and made it clear that Williams and Tufton did not resign in 2013 and should retake their positions in the Senate.

On his return, Williams thanked members of the House for their welcome while Tufton was contrite for the role he played in the saga.

 

Opposition senator, Dr. Christopher Tufton.

Meanwhile, Justice Minister, Senator Mark Golding expressed relief that clarity had been brought to the matter:

 

Government Senator and Justice Minister, Mark Golding

Senator Golding had high praises for the Constitutional and Appeals courts, saying it was a moment to celebrate the nation’s judiciary.

He said the Appeals Court in particular had ensured the restoration of clarity and certainty to the key structural foundations of Jamaica’s democratic arrangements.

Senator Golding also thanked Ruel Reid and Dr Nigel Clarke, who had replaced Tufton and Williams, for their contribution to the Senate.