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Vaz turns up at Parliament draped in Jamaican flag

Published:Tuesday | October 31, 2017 | 5:50 PMJerome Reynolds

Member of Parliament for West Portland Daryl Vaz caused a stir in Parliament this afternoon after entering Gordon House draped in a Jamaican flag.

Vaz said he wanted to show that he’s a real Jamaican.

The Speaker of the House subsequently asked the Marshall to retrieve the flag.

During the process, Vaz was jeered by some members from the opposition benches with Vaz remarking that this is Jamaica and not Canada.

His remark appeared to be a swipe at the opposition People’s National Party and its candidate in yesterday’s by-election in South East St Mary, Dr Shane Alexis, who is a Canadian.

During the campaign, Vaz was one of the main critics of the PNP for putting forward a non-Jamaican to contest a seat in parliament.

Noting that it was the PNP who took him to court in a dual citizenship case, he said it was immoral and hypocritical of the party to turn around and seek to put a non-Jamaican in the House of Representative.