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Standing room only in Gordon House gallery as Paliamentarians are sworn in

Published:Thursday | March 10, 2016 | 3:41 AM

Edmond Campbell, Senior Staff Reporter

It's standing room only in the gallery as members of the Upper House are being sworn in at  Gordon House.

President of the Senate Tom Tavares Finson is presiding after taking the Oath of Allegiance.

Tavares Finson fought off Matthew Samuda and Pearnel Charles Jr, before yielding and taking the president's chair. 

Tavares Finson's "act of defiance" is a traditional practice by both the Senate President and the House Speaker.

Members of the Diplomatic Corps have turned out in their numbers to observe the swearing in ceremony.

Former speaker of the House Michael Peart is among several former parliamentarians who have been observing the ceremony.