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Legislator wants instrument appointing him as opposition leader

Published:Tuesday | March 31, 2020 | 12:10 AM

ST GEORGE’S, Grenada (CMC):

OPPOSITION LEGISLATOR Tobias Clement says he has held talks with Governor General Dame Cecile La Grenade regarding his official appointment as opposition leader.

Grenada has been without an official opposition leader since the ruling New National Party (NNP) swept the polls in the last two general elections, winning back-to-back all 15 seats in the House of Representatives in 2013 and 2018.

Clement, who left the NNP late last year, said he had requested that the head of state prepare the instrument of appointment that will make him become the elected leader of the opposition in the Lower House of Parliament.

“I requested [that] the instrument be prepared, and right now I am awaiting further instructions from her office,” Clement said on Monday, noting that he is not certain whether he would be able to take his oath of office before the mandatory seven-day curfew, which officially begins on Monday evening.

“I am really hoping it can be done today,” said Clement, who as leader of the opposition, will have the right to appoint three opposition senators in the Upper House of Parliament, has a functioning office at the Parliament building, and operate his North East constituency parliamentary office.

He said that his goal is to first receive his instrument of appointment and then focus on appointing his senators.

“We will deal with the appointment of senators in the future, the focus now is receiving the instrument of appointment,” he said.

Grenada is presently under a 21-day limited state of emergency as part of its social-distancing measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.