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Gov't works on designated survivor mechanism in case of a wipe out

Published:Thursday | April 27, 2017 | 4:43 AM
National Security Minister Robert Montage questioned this yesterday how the government would continue if something happens at a major state occasion such as the opening of Parliament where most national leaders are usually present.

The Government says it is working on a backup plan to ensure the government functions if a catastrophic event should wipe out the heads of State bodies and institutions.

National Security Minister Robert Montage questioned this yesterday how the government would continue if something happens at a major state occasion such as the opening of Parliament where most national leaders are usually present.

Montague said he wanted to assure the public that the security ministry is addressing the issue.

Whatever the final policy, it is expected to provide a designated survivor who would have legal backing to run government.

In addition, the policy is expected to speak to a back up command post for the head of the police force and the military as well as an alternative location for a prime minister to run government if Kingston is not safe or accessible.

That plan would be expected to go before Parliament for approval and could possibly require constitutional amendments.

Meanwhile, Montague announced that a Jamaica Protective Security Policy will soon be approved to establish a mechanism for the protection of government operations, its employees and assets from threats.