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Holness should facilitate Simpson Miller's retirement as MP, says Ashley

Published:Friday | March 17, 2017 | 9:07 AM
Opposition Leader Portia Simpson Miller greets Prime Minister Andrew Holness before making her final Budget Debate presentation to Parliament yesterday.

Political Commentator, Dr Paul Ashley, wants Prime Minister Andrew Holness to facilitate the retirement of Portia Simpson Miller as Member of Parliament by committing to call a by-election within 30 days of her resignation.

Commenting yesterday following Simpson Miller’s final address to parliament as opposition leader, Ashley said the politician should also step down from her position as MP for St Andrew South West at the same time.

He acknowledged that Simpson Miller could be hanging on to the seat to avoid giving the Government an increased majority in parliament.

In addition, her constituency would be without a representative until whenever the Government decides to call a by-election.

IN PHOTO: Dr Paul Ashley

But speaking on Beyond the Headlines on RJR 94 FM, yesterday, Dr Ashley said it’s time for Simpson Miller to go and the Prime Minister should facilitate it:


Attorney at law and political commentator, Dr. Paul Ashley

He’s also calling for a revision of the Representation of the People Act to allow other MPs to retire without worry.

IN PHOTO: Dr Peter Phillips

Dr Peter Phillips, who is set to take over from Simpson Miller has expressed that, if a fixed timetable was in place for by-elections for the House of Representatives, several politicians on both sides would have already resigned.

This is widely believed to be the reason MP for St Andrew South, Dr Omar Davies, and MP for St James Southern, Derrick Kellier, have not yet stepped away.