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Holness on debate stalemate: It's a sad time in Jamaican politics

Published:Tuesday | February 16, 2016 | 2:35 PM
Holness ... Jamaicans deserve to hear the vision of the two people vying to become the country’s next Prime Minister.

Opposition Leader Andrew Holness says he is disappointed by the decision of the People’s National Party not to participate in the national debates unless he apologises to Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller.

However, Holness says he is not surprised.

In a statement on his Facebook page, Holness said he has come to expect to be let down by the governing PNP.

But the Opposition leader says the PNP’s decision is a disservice to free and fair elections, which has let down the country’s undecided voters.

According to Holness, Jamaicans deserve to hear the vision of the two people vying to become the country’s next Prime Minister.

The PNP has said it will not participate in the proposed political debates until Holness responds to all the integrity and other concerns it has raised.

The major concern related to the source of funding for Holness' Beverley Hills mansion.

Yesterday, Holness issued a comprehensive statement detailing the entire acquisition process and the related costs.

READ: Holness responds to house controversy

However, it appears the PNP is not satisfied, saying it will not participate until Holness responds to all the integrity and other issues it has raised in the media.

The PNP's six concerns:

1. Holness' comment that the Sam Sharpe Square shooting at a JLP rally was "an act of terror"

2. Holness' nomination day comment allegedly defaming the Prime Minister

3. Holness' meeting with Jamaican convicted in Qatar.

4. The financing of the construction of Holness' house in Beverly Hills, St Andrew

5. The Senate letters saga

6. Robert Montague's assertion of oil imports link with ISIS