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Holness continues as JLP leader

Jamaica Leader Party leader Andrew Holness was affirmed as head of the opposition party on Monday afternoon during a special meeting involving JLP Members of  Parliament at the party’s Belmont Road headquarters.

Chairman of the Meeting Derrick Smith, indicated that the purpose of the meeting was to allow for discussions on the issues generated by his losses sustained in the Supreme and Appeal Courts, in relation to the case brought against him by Senator Arthur Williams.

The Constitutional Court had ruled that Holness' request for and use of undated pre-signed resignation letters to move Arthur Williams and Christopher Tufton from the Senate was unconstitutional.

Following the court ruling, Holness went to church and publicly apologized to the nation for his action. However he went on to appeal the court ruling despite his ‘Mia Culpa’ and lost in the higher court.

Following this, there were widespread calls for his resignation as head of the party.

Twenty of the JLP's 21 MPs took part in the poll at the party's Belmont Road headquarters in Kingston, with Holness being the only one without a vote. The result of the ballots showed that he had the support of approximately two-thirds of the MPs.

Thirteen of the MPs supported him remaining as their leader, while seven were opposed. Deputy Leader JC Hutchinson, the only MP absent following medical surgery, sent in his ballot in a letter.

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