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Blind senator Floyd Morris is new Senate President

Published:Friday | May 17, 2013 | 10:56 AM

Daraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter

The Senate has elected Floyd Morris, a blind man, to be its president.

Morris was elected at the start of the sitting of the Senate this morning.

He replaces the Reverend Stanley Redwood who resigned last week in order to move to Canada.

Leader of Government Business, A.J Nicholson, proposed the nomination of Morris, which was seconded by Arthur Williams, the leader of Opposition Business.

Following his election, Morris was playfully dragged to his place by government senators K.D Knight and Navel Clarke.

In 1998, Morris became the first blind person appointed to the upper house and has served as State Minister in the Ministry of Labour and Social Security.

He holds a masters degree from the University of the West Indies.

Morris told his colleagues that the expectations are high and he is committed to do his utmost to preserve the dignity of the office.

He said his reign will be characterised by justice and fairness.

The new president said he will be relying on Williams to help him to contain the exuberance of Opposition senator Robert Montague, who is also his former schoolmate at the St Mary High School.

Morris also had a word of warning for Clarke: "I will be keeping a close eye on you," said the blind senator, adding that he would not allow Clarke to distract members of the senate.

"I am extremely committed to Jamaica, certainly just the same as the other presidents of this chamber have been," Morris told senators.

Morris' election as Senate president coincides with the appointment of Attorney-at-Law Sophia Frazer-Binns as a Government Senator.

Her appointment also takes effect today.


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