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Porteous' installation gets GG's go-ahead

Published:Wednesday | February 1, 2012 | 12:00 AM
Sally Porteous

After weeks of controversy and a postponement, Sally Porteous is set to be installed as the custos of Manchester this morning.

The Office of the Governor General yesterday announced that the ceremony, which was originally scheduled to be held in Manchester on January 26, would now take place at King's House in an apparent attempt to avoid demonstrations which could take place in Mandeville.

Porteous was appointed custos of Manchester on November 15 last year by Governor General Sir Patrick Allen on the recommendation of the then prime minister.

With the appointment sparking a firestorm, King's House announced that the initial installation ceremony was put off "to facilitate further consultation due to uncertainties in the parish".

Porteous has been facing opposition from justices of the peace (JPs) and residents of Manchester, who claim her appointment is political.

She was hastily sworn in as a JP days after she resigned as a member of the Manchester Parish Council and just before the appointment.

Objections raised

As news of her appointment spread, several JPs sent a petition to the governor general asking him to reconsider his decision.

Some JPs threatened to resign while others said they would not cooperate with her. But a combative Porteous has made it clear that she has no intention of turning down the appointment.

Porteous succeeds Dr Gilbert Allen, who retired on June 30 last year.