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Trinidad Senate votes on controversial constitutional amendments today

Published:Monday | August 25, 2014 | 11:12 AM

Trinidad and Tobago's 31-member Senate will meet and vote today on controversial amendments to the country's Constitution.

The proposed law will allow for a run-off in the event that a candidate fails to win a 50 per cent of the votes cast in a general election, the recall of legislators and two-term limits for prime ministers.

The Lower House had approved the law on August 12.

However, the Constitutional Amendment Bill, which was piloted by Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar, failed to get the support of two senior government ministers, including Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Dookeran.

Dookeran told legislators during a marathon 18-hour parliamentary session that he could not allow the next generation's interest to be compromised by what he calls the politics of today.

Speaking on Cliff Hughes Online earlier this month, a member of the Opposition People's National Movement urged the Privy Council and CARICOM to intervene.

The Opposition has led numerous civil protests against the laws.



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