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Parliament to open Thursday

Published:Tuesday | March 8, 2016 | 12:14 PM

The opening of Parliament will take place this Thursday at Gordon House.

The Parliament has also advised that a swearing-in ceremony will also be held for Members of Parliament and Senators.

It says the event will begin at 11 o’clock in the morning.

Three government senators have already been sworn in because two have been appointed to the Cabinet and the other a state minister.

The three senators are Ruel Ried, who is also Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Pearnel Charles Junior, the State Minister in the Ministry of National Security; and Kamina Johnson Smith, who is the new Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Meanwhile, the new Minister of Finance, Audley Shaw, has already indicated that the tabling of the 2016-2017 Estimates of Expenditure will be slightly delayed as the new Andrew Holness-led administration moves feverishly to craft a new Budget.

The tabling of the National Budget was expected at the same time as the ceremonial opening of Parliament which signals the start of the new legislative year.

The legislative year runs from April 1 to March 31.

Under new financial rules under Jamaica’s economic programme with the International monetary Fund the Budget must be passed by April 1.

Shaw has emphasised that putting the budget together is the first order of business for the new administration.

Although it has advised about the re-opening of the Houses of Parliament, the Parliament has not indicated when the ceremonial opening will take place.