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No explanation for Simpson Miller's absence from prosperous Jamaica Agreement signing

Published:Wednesday | December 7, 2016 | 12:02 PM
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Edmond Campbell, Senior Staff Reporter

Opposition Leader Portia Simpson Miller was noticeably absent this morning from the official signing of the partnership for a prosperous Jamaica Agreement at King's House. 

Simpson Miller was among the list of partners who was expected to address the gathering.

It is not clear why Simpson Miller did not show up at the ceremony.

Master of ceremonies Professor Alvin Wint apologised for Simpson Miller, but did not indicate the reason for her absence.

Only yesterday, members of the Parliamentary Opposition, led by Simpson Miller, stormed out of Parliament after testy exchanges with the government over uncertainty as to whether Prime Minister Andrew Holness would make a statement on the controversial $600 million de-bushing programme. 

The Opposition has accused the Government of using the programme to gain political advantage in the run up to the Local Government election.

The $600 million de-bushing exercise is now the subject of an investigation by the Office of the Contractor General.

Former prime ministers P.J. Patterson and Bruce Golding were in attendance.

In his remarks, Governor General indicated that he had not seen a representative from the Opposition.