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JLP's Williams demands explanation from Malahoo Forte for signing undated resignation letters

Published:Thursday | November 19, 2015 | 11:18 PMKarlene Brown, Assistant News Editor - Radio
Arthur Williams expressed displeasure with statements made by Malahoo Forte last month regarding the letters a court believes were used to bind opposition senators to the Jamaica Labour party's position on the CCJ.

Opposition Senator Arthur Williams says his colleague Senator, Marlene Malahoo Forte should be asked to explain why she signed undated resignation letters that plunged Jamaica's Senate into crisis in 2013.

He made the call this morning as he started his contribution to the Senate debate on bills proposing to replace the Privy Council with the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ).

Williams expressed displeasure with statements made by Malahoo Forte last month regarding the letters a court believes were used to bind opposition senators to the Jamaica Labour Party's position on the CCJ.

Speaking on October 22, Malahoo Forte said she did not sell her soul, for a seat in the Senate.

Malahoo Forte - File Photo

READ: I did not sell my soul for power, says Malahoo Forte

 

Opposition Senator Marlene Malahoo Forte speaking in the Senate on October 22.

However, speaking in the Senate this morning, Williams said Malahoo Forte's statements were a direct attack on him.

He said Malahoo Forte was told the reason for signing the letter but if she believes she was not given a reason, she must explain why she signed the letters.

 

Opposition Senator Arthur Williams

He again used the opportunity to apologise to the Upper House for signing the controversial letters.

Jamaica's Court of Appeal has ruled that the use of the letters to hold the senators to the party's position was unconstitutional and contrary to public policy.

Opposition Leader Andrew Holness had ordered the letters.