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'Pryce needs to learn protocol'

Published:Thursday | October 11, 2012 | 12:00 AM
Raymond Pryce

Daraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter

FORMER PRIME Minister Edward Seaga yesterday issued a reprimand to North East St Elizabeth Member of Parliament (MP) Raymond Pryce, who it appeared did not stand to salute him during a special joint sitting of the Houses of Parliament on Tuesday.

"He must learn what protocol is all about and how protocol is applied," Seaga told The Gleaner yesterday.

Pryce, a first-term MP, was observed sitting while other members of the legislature rose at the end of the special joint sitting to salute Seaga.

The former prime minister, who served as MP for West Kingston from 1962 to 2005, said he learnt of Pryce's reported actions subsequent to the sitting.

"I did not see it. Where I was sitting, it was screened off by the first set of people in the front row," Seaga said.

At least one MP on the govern-ment bench has acknowledged to The Gleaner that Pryce did not stand to recognise Seaga.

However, last night, while not saying whether it was true that he did not stand for the former prime minister, Pryce declared there was no record of him showing any form of disrespect to Seaga.

"At no time during or after his presentation did I disrespect him," Pryce said. "I am certain I heard his remarks more keenly than many who are now claiming that I disrespected him. Few of those persons or those who spoke in Tuesday's proceedings on the opposition side can claim as much studied knowledge of Mr Seaga's time at the wicket as I can."

He added: "I believe him to be one of our most colourful political leaders and one who has made a permanent impression in our country's political DNA."